The death of my father in February makes for a bittersweet Father's Day this year. It's strange when you no longer have to find a card and try to come up with a gift idea.
But, like every day, it's an occasion to remember all the great times, all the love he offered unconditionally, the sacrifices made, the encouragement (every visit or phone call ended with his parting line, "Keep up the good work"), the contagious sense of humor.
I wanted to acknowledge all of that on this Father's Day in some musical way. I got to thinking about fathers in music, and that quickly led me to one of the most moving passages in all of opera -- Wotan's Farewell from Wagner's "Die Walkure."