Stephen Horenstein
Music, Arts and Society

Some Predictions for 2019

"Paradise" (collage by Stephen Horenstein)
"Paradise" (collage by Stephen Horenstein)

A veteran journalist friend of mine refuses to predict the future. He claims that it isn’t his role, and furthermore he considers it dangerous. For many years, I have agreed with him. Today, I change my mind. After thinking a bit, and consulting with some friends and colleagues, I would like to present some predictions for 2019, while wishing readers a happy secular new year.

Some Predictions for 2019:

  • Bibi will not be re-elected.
  • Trump will walk.
  • The war in Gaza, status quo.
  • There will be more free concerts, while prices of paid concerts will rise.
  • Unfortunately, the Ebola virus will spread.
  • President Reuven Rivlin will retire.
  • Trump’s wall will be built, but only a fraction of it.
  • We will hear strange signals from outer space.
  • Markets—down 20%.
  • Immigration to Israel from the USA, down.
  • September-October, many more violent hurricanes in the Caribbean and USA.
  • Hula hoops will make a comeback.
  • Ordination of women rabbis in some streams of Orthodoxy will increase.
  • The US power grid will be sabotaged.
  • Cannabis will be legalized in Israel.
  • Sound pollution will continue to increase to dangerous levels.
  • Birthrates in Japan will go up by 5% (finally!)
  • Once more, there will be a major recall of auto airbags.
  • Elon Musk will reveal one new amazing idea.
  • Michael Moore will stage a comeback (from his Trump film setback).
  • A major writer will emerge from the island of Fiji.
  • The price of gold will rise.
  • The price of pork will fall.
  • Andaman Islands will be come the new vacation hideaway for Israelis.
  • Unfortunately, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease will not be found.
  • NE Patriots’ Tom Brady will finally retire; likewise for manager Bill Belichick.
  • All eyes and ears will be on Alpha Centauri.
  • The poor will get poorer, the rich richer.
  • Weakening North Atlantic current will create drastic changes in North American Ocean climate.
  • Many airline mile points will be devalued.
  • Journalists with anything to say will remain at risk.
  • Artists with anything to say will continue to be unfunded.
  • Few at 70 will really be able to retire.
  • Life expectancy will rise. In some parts of Africa it will fall.
  • U.S. travel warnings for Israel will stay in place.
  • The fastest growing Israeli city? Tel Aviv.
  • The Chinese will discover nothing new on the far side of the moon, but will create a magnificent hiding place for themselves.
  • People will continue to outlay huge ticket prices for outdoor rock concerts.

Additional predictions from friends and colleagues:

  • That in the U.S., the political situation will come to a boil, and somehow the pot will be removed from the stove.
  • Peace will blast.
  • A cure for prostrate cancer will be found.
  • The Israeli elections will result in some form of unity government.
  • The Israeli elections will result in some form of disunity government.

My Resolutions for 2019:

  • No Stress.
  • Avoid habit.
  • An adventure every day.
  • Make something new every day.
  • Smile.

“Kryia” (Fanfare for Brass Quintet and Percussion), by S. Horenstein, commemorating the new campus of Gann Academy, Boston.  Triton Brass Quintet; Jeffery Kowalsky, percussion. ACUM/ASCAP All rights reserved.

Coda: “Happy Trails to You”

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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