by Scott "Dr. Music" Itter
Reprinted From Positively Naperville's March Issue (a PDF)
Naperville’s tower of power
It was cold on Rotary Hill, very cold.
Watching the young ones careening down the sled hill with the freshly fallen powder turning their tiny cheeks a rosy red is something that usually warms my heart but today it was cold, very cold. As I stood rigid and frigid at the top of the hill, my two little fireballs combed the slope thousands of times. Each time they dragged themselves back up I asked if they were ready to leave, and each time they went once more.
Did I mention it was cold?
It was just about 1PM when I heard an instrument start to play. It was like an audible cup of hot cocoa (with tender, engorged marshmallows floating on the top). As the symphony of 72 bells from the Millennium Carillon at Moser Tower came showering down upon our great city, it seemed to emit a warmth that can only be found in beautiful music.
Now I had heard the tower strike a note or two in the past, but this was the first time I was subjected to its full display of power and grace. All heads turned to the tower as it called out with a range of six octaves. The Millennium Carillon is one of only four in the world that are capable of that range. Carillons are played from a baton keyboard using fists and feet and are the heaviest instruments in the world, with the largest ones weighing in at more than 100 tons.
So, once again, music found its way to my heart, and this time it did it from a Grand Carillon, which is housed in a block of concrete we affectionately call Moser Tower.
Scott Itter is a 4-year resident of Naperville who resides in the
Willowgate subdivision with his wife, Barbara, and their two children.
Contact Scott at Doc@DrMusic.org or visit www.DrMusic.org.