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In 1985, on a hot summer night in North Carolina, I tuned in to a late-night jazz program. 

I was in a dorm room like this one.
Cassette Tape Mixtape Business Cards
There was lovely, acoustic, ambient jazz.  I really liked the DJ's choices, so I loaded a cheap, blank cassette tape into my boom box and recorded the program. 
Vintage Boombox Cassette Deck Speakers
One of the songs was really lovely.  It was a jazz song with an oboe solo!  I had no idea what the group was and what the song was.  I listened to that tape hundreds of times.  I fell asleep to it for years!  Some time in the 90s, the tape melted.  Boooooo hoooooooo

Years later, in Tanglewood, I played Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra.

OMG! That's the sound of the oboe from that jazz song.  Did Bartok write that piece I heard?  I listened to the tape (that hadn't died by then).  It was so close, but it just wasn't jazzy enough.  No drum, no guitar, no piano.  Hmmmm.

I played the song for jazzers and they said that the group was Oregon

I scoured record stores but never found anything remotely like my long-lost song.  Pretty soon record stores stopped existing.  We now have itunes, but they didn't seem to have the cut with no name.  Well tonight I found it!  I went onto itunes and found it after looking through half-a-dozen albums.  It was in a 2002 released album, "Crossings."  Here it is played by a band in San Francisco.  

This is the end of some 30 years of wondering.  I'm going to greet this revelation by using Oregon's music in creative movement lessons.  Let's hook a new generation on this wonderful music!

What music do you love?


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