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Gemini

"Friendship is one mind in two bodies."
- Mencius

I wrote Gemini as a gift for my good friend Blake Tyson.  Blake and I have been friends for many years and although we live far apart, we still talk on the phone almost every week.  It often seems we are one mind in two bodies, with so many similarities in our lives and in our tastes in music and art.  Blake’s wonderful Vertical River—also for vibraphone and marimba—partly inspired this piece.  The title “Gemini” comes from the famous myth of the twin brothers Castor and Pollux. When Castor died because he was mortal, Pollux begged Zeus to give Castor immortality and so he did by uniting them together in the constellation Gemini.

–Payton MacDonald, 2010