We began rehearsing Jack Ramey's original opera while the pages were still wet with ink and scratch marks. The music was wildly atonal for that time and I was asked to accompany on the piano what looked like an impossible score. When Jack asked me to stand up and pluck the strings inside the piano, I said, "You want me to do what??" Ironically as an accompanist and interpreter of traditional and contemporary music, this may have been some of the best and earliest musical training for what I now do. Thank you Jack Ramey!