Like much of the world, I have been riveted by the horrid fate of the Costa Concordia, which ran aground last Friday. It should never have happened, of course, and the investigation into the how and why is likely to be long and painful.
News reports about the first victim identified from the wreckage only adds to the darkness of this event. He was a 38-year-old Hungarian violinist named Sandor Feher, who worked aboard the ship as a member of the the Bianco Trio.
Witnesses say that Mr. Feher first helped children with their life jackets before returning to his cabin for his violin. It is hard not to think of the Titanic and stories of its musicians.
Here is a video Mr. Feher posted just last month in an effort to ... secure a job as a violin teacher. It seems he taught us all something in his final hours: