With my recent travels, I was unable to honor the great Chou Wen-chung in a timely way following his death on October 25. I would simply like to say that hearing him speak about his life and work when I was a graduate student was one of the more memorable and moving encounters I can recall with a composer. His music is beautiful and captivating. It represents the true and authentic vision of the much-overused slogan of “East meets West”: life experience fused through technique into a personal sound statement. His is a path we all must follow in our creative work.