I’d heard that the pipe organ was once the most mechanically advanced human invention in the world. What must that be like, I wondered, crafting something to shift the cultural sands, a precedent decreeing “Yesterday, void; today, the beginning?” After my usual walk around the church, the arpeggios of a robin muted history’s echoes from my head. Birds need no precedent, I thought — a simple thought — then whistled for the first time in ages.



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