This Ned Rorem Piano Album came in the mail today. I was really moved by the Composer’s Note at the front:
"During the thirty-two years that Jim Holmes and I lived together, until he died in January of 1999, I would compose little pieces for him on special occasions. Each piece fit onto one page which I decorated in bright colors, and framed. I took to doing likewise for other friends and family too, and the present collection includes twenty-eight of these. -NR"
(via Ned Rorem - Piano Album)