I loved this story. This solitary sheepherder in the mountains of Wyoming had few possessions, including an old, out-of-tune violin, and a battery-controlled radio whose batteries were almost dead. He wrote to the director of the Philharmonic Orchestra, asking him to start his next radio-broadcasted concert by playing an "A" really loud, so he could tune his violin before the batteries ran out.I mentioned this project to my new neighbor, who seemed to know a lot about modern-day sheepherders. As it turns out, her husband's family have been sheepherders for years! Travas was willing to model for me, so I felt like I got as close as I could come to the genuine article.