The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Merry Christmas from a garbage dump in Paraguay! It’s a gift from The Ear. Look, listen and enjoy – then realize how good we have it, and how saving and redeeming making music can be. | December 25, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

Today is Christmas Day.

Over the past several weeks, I have offered many postings about possible holiday gifts.

Now it is my turn to give you a gift.

Merry Christmas 1

It comes by way of one of The Ear’s oldest and most loyal friends and fellow music-maker.

It is also a very moving short video that shows us al how much we all have to be grateful for, and how redemptive and how saving making music can be.

I hope it adds as much to your holiday season as it did to mine.

If so, let me know what you think in the COMMENT section.

And please pass it along as a gift to others. No one I know who has received has been disappointed.

In fact, I already know that one professor will be using it for an Environmental Studies class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

So, Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! And Happy Holidays to you all.

May peace, joy and beauty reign in the coming year and years.

And thank you for coming to The Well-Tempered Ear.


The Ear

Here is a lead-in story or backgrounder, as they say, from NPR:

And here is the actual gift:


  1. Moved to tears. Thanks, Jake, for the precious gift, which I’ve shared on my Facebook.

    Comment by janice golay — January 3, 2013 @ 2:51 am

    • Hi Janice,
      I was moved to tears too.
      Thank you for reading, appreciating and sharing.
      Happy New Year to you.

      Comment by welltemperedear — January 3, 2013 @ 10:03 am

  2. Thanks for this post and Merry Christmas, Jake. You told us about the Kinshasa Symphony earlier this year. ( for those who missed it) This story is another I appreciate your bringing to us.


    Comment by Steve Rankin — December 26, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    • Hi Steve,
      Happy New Year to you!
      Thank you for your kind reply along with the link about the Kinshasa Symphony.
      I should have provided that link myself, but it escaped my attention somehow at the time.
      Yet the two are certainly linked.
      I appreciate your loyalty and astuteness as a reader of the blog.

      Comment by welltemperedear — December 26, 2012 @ 9:29 am

  3. Ear, a terrific post. Thank you. Eager to hear more of the story — how they make the instruments, who instructs the children, whether they tour. What can we as a community do to encourage them. Wishing you a bright New Year.

    Comment by Ronnie Hess — December 25, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    • Thank you, Ronnie.
      As I found out more — including the details about the screening of the documentary film — I will you know.
      Please do the same for me and other readers.
      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

      Comment by welltemperedear — December 25, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

  4. WOW! Landfill instruments. How inspiring. Let us gather up all the guns in our society and make musical instruments from them! This is a very moving video. Thank you for sharing it. Happy Christmas Day to The Ear.

    Comment by Margaret Ingraham — December 25, 2012 @ 12:29 am

    • Hi Margaret,
      Thank you for reading and replying.
      These days during guns into musical instruments instead of plowshares makes a lot more sense.
      I am completely in agreement with you.
      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.

      Comment by welltemperedear — December 25, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

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