JOSEPH SCHWANTNER (b 1943 )
The psychologist Carl Jung has described the first half of life as devoted to the establishment of self and of place in the world, and the second half as the journey towards God. Once past the age of 70 this focus becomes intent. With it comes an attitude of surprise, acceptance and praise—the shout of praise—for all that is. Everything is divine, and it is our clear, sharp intention to bring this understanding to the generations coming up behind us. It is my pleasure and honor to offer this music to my friend, Professor Gary Green, in honor of his retirement from the University of Miami in 2015, as he moves onward in his music making, teaching, and mentoring—his service to the world.