Duration: 4:00 – 4:30
Marimba: 4.3 octave
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Strive to be Happy (2014) is a marimba solo dedicated to Aaron Staebell, one of my best friends and favorite musical collaborators, and is written for 4.3 octave marimba. Aaron introduced me to “Desiderata”, a prose poem written by American writer Max Ehrmann in 1927. The poem is a simple and positive credo for living life, and one that both Aaron and I cherish and take to heart. The poem ends with the simple phrase, “Strive to be happy.”