Learning to Forgive My Distant Father

In an excerpt from his book, The Organist: Fugues, Fatherhood, and a Fragile Mind, Mark Abley deconstructs the pipe organ, examining its components, appearance in history and popular culture, and its powerful capacity for meaning via sound as he recounts his distant father Harry’s obsession with the instrument and with musical composition and arrangement — often at a cost to his personal relationships.

Author: Mark Abley
Source: The Walrus
Published: Jan 18, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,383 words)