Stephen Horenstein
Music, Arts and Society

Poem and Music at 70

“ngamashumi ayisikhombisa” (At 70)

Drawing by Jacob Yona. (Facebook)

“Passage”  (for Rabbi Bill Berk on his 70th Birthday)

At bullet speed

out the shudder

one way

now, forever.


trip’s, near end,

begins now,

huge crowds,

autographs, accolades, YAY!

(I be kidding).

I have loved,

been loved,


sung my tunes,

been blessed.

The churning inside

is the engine

even at this ripe young age

so much to do, to say, to try,

to find, to see, to touch, smell, taste,

at breakneck speed,

a life to create,

to love,

closing off filigree,

lingering ‘round details

and yes,

I loaf and invite my soul,

the wondrous free pass

to freedom.

******** click to play music: Passage” for percussion, prepared guitar, and bass flute; Steve Peskoff, Jeffery Kowalsky and Stephen Horenstein

“Aging is an extraordinary process when you become the person you always should have been.” David Bowie

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” Frank Lloyd Wright

“Aging can be fun, if you lay back and enjoy it”, Clint Eastward

“Elders serve as conduits between the divine realm and the mundane world, making the abstract truths of spirituality accessible to the community by embodying them in their everyday behavior.”
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

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About the Author
Stephen Horenstein is a composer, researcher and educator. His repertoire of musical works has been performed and recorded worldwide. He has been a recipient of the Israel Prime Minister's Prize for Composers and the National Endowment of the Arts (USA). His teaching has included Bennington College, Brandeis University, Tel Aviv University, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance; residencies at Stanford University, York University, California Institute of the Arts, and others. He is Founder and Director of the Jerusalem Institute of Contemporary Music, established in 1988 to bring the music of our time to a wider audience.
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