Footnote: Here on earth, unbeknownst to most of us. Zamfir's ranking from
the International Pan Flute Association has dropped to third, after his many years
at the top of the heap. The great one is older now, as are we all. Many say he should step down, and resign his title
as "master of the pan flute". They say he's lost a beat, and that there are a lot of kids with
quicker tongues, more nimble fingers, and more dulcet tones. A quiet and dignified man, Zamfir will undoubtedly descend gracefully
from this hallowed ground with the same modesty that characterized his ascension.|
Mickey Mantle is dead, and Zamfir is the third-best pan-flautist. Even Michael Jordan has fallen from the air. Thus pass eras and time itself. Gone, alas, like our youth, too soon.