From the Maslanka Archive – No. 38, The Life & Influence of Thich Nhat Hanh

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It’s time for another edition of From the Maslanka Archive. We are actively building the Archive, but it won’t be ready for public viewing for a while. In the meantime, we wanted to show off some great items we’ve already collected.

We also wanted to inspire YOU to help grow the collection. We would love to feature you in an upcoming edition! Simply provide us with photos, video, audio, or stories of your time together and you may find them on the front page. 

This week, we are excited to feature the podcast Wind & Rhythm and their new episode on David’s music inspired by the late Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. Hanh passed away on January 22nd at the age of 95. David had a strong admiration for Hanh and followed his teachings on Zen Buddhism. Episode 655, Life Inextinguishable, features music directly inspired by the Bodhisattva and his teachings: Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble, Mother Earth, and Give Us This Day.

“The reasons for living or dying, especially dying, and especially when someone close to us passes, are all too often inscrutable. We look for words, for some idea to hang on to, which allow us to reconcile, or at least live with, loss and grief. But words and concepts fail… Music is deeply and powerfully a part of this process. Music is life: music is inextinguishable. Music loosens our separateness, and allows us to open deeply to one another. Music opens us to the energy of love, which makes out lives possible. Music is the breaker of chains, the smasher of the ordinary, and the breaker of hearts. Music breaks our hearts, and through the broken heart we know compassion.” – David Maslanka

Click below to listen to Episode 655 of Wind & Rhythm:

From the official website of Wind & Rhythm:

Wind & Rhythm is a one-hour weekly program devoted to the music of wind bands hosted by Doug Brown.

The mission of Wind & Rhythm is to build a community of individuals who love wind bands; to grow a wider audience for the music bands play; and to provide a venue for band members and directors to speak about their art.

To accomplish our mission we produce both on-air and online programming that invites listeners to reconnect with their roots as members of bands; encourages listeners to participate in community music-making; and provides for listeners an opportunity to hear the best bands in the world.

A very special thanks to Wind & Rhythm for sharing this podcast episode with the David Maslanka Foundation.

Would you like to be featured in an upcoming edition of From the Maslanka Archive? It’s easy! Please send us anything you have (picture, audio, video, concert poster, concert program, correspondence with David, etc.) and we will feature you!