please enjoy this excerpt of "Almost the Moon"
The Special Olympics was founded by Anne McGlone Burke, a physical education teacher in Chicago. Burke approached Eunice Kennedy Shriver, head of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, to seek funding. The First International Special Olympic Summer Games was held at Soldier Field in 1968, with more than 1000 athletes from the United States and Canada participating.
Today, the Special Olympics has expanded beyond summer sports to include year-round events (the first Special Olympics Winter Games were held in 1977 in Steamboat Springs, CO).
"Almost the Moon" is probably the closest thing to a "musical haiku" as I will ever write. It first appeared as a Chapman Stick piece on my 2005 cd "Lingering Light", and when I started arranging it for the piano, something truly surprising to its composer appeared- a new ending to the piece. Musically, this served as an effective way of pulling some clouds in front of the moon.