The Year of Acquiring Nothing: Slip #1

Well, it didn’t take long for me to slip up on my quest to acquire nothing over the next 12 months. I am out in Los Angeles right now for the express purpose seeing the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall and its fabulous looking pipe organ. It has a physical design unlike any organ I’ve ever seen, and I would guess unlike anything else in the world. I will have more to say about Disney Hall in the near future, for now I just need to admit that I had my first bit of back-sliding on my pledge to acquire nothing for the year. I knew there would be slip-ups, I just didn’t know how quickly it would happen.

As I mentioned in my blog post about this pledge, gift/book shops while traveling are my biggest downfall and danger. So it should have come as no surprise to me when I walked into the gift shop at Disney Hall that I would get into trouble. And there was a one of a kind book that I couldn’t live without…

The book, A Forest of Pipes by Jennifer Zobelein, is the story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ. Not only does it have fascinating bits about the design, construction and installation of the fabulous french fry-like organ, but it also includes a CD with a “tonal tour” and explanation of the organ’s sound. I ask you, how could anyone pass that up?

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