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I had decided to travel the world. You see, I needed to find my muse. For no drought of ink, I realized I could wrest neither note nor phrase from my pen without this inspiration.

So I tried, first, a period of seclusion in the Amazon rainforest. I tried a long walk atop the Great Wall of China. I even tried a week's stay in an Alaskan igloo. And though I thought I had given up there - frozen and alone in my kingdom of ice - I did find my muse at last. I found her in Paris, France.

I was in the Palais Garnier, the Paris Opera House. I wanted to experience a masterful work in a place of real beauty. It was my final chance for redemption. Chopin's Op. 11 was playing before me and I was wholly entranced. Nothing else existed. I saw a ballet of hands dancing over the keys. I saw a triumphant salute of bows beckoning my enraptured gaze. And then, I saw something else. In the highest balcony to my right, something stole my attention. It was her. My Muse. I forgot where I was. I forgot my own name. And, for the first time in my life, I forgot about the music. She could not even see me but her power was clear and I knew that I needed her. That I wanted her.

And that's all there is to tell of our beginning. In the interminable fever since that moment, we have become one - an irrepressible force - and in our union, reborn, the grace of romantic era classical music against the fury of alternative rock: Galt Aureus.

Galt Aureus (pronounced galt AWR-ee-uhs) is an American rock duo formed in 2005. The group consists of Saher Galt (vocals, keyboard) and his partner Susan Williams (vocals, guitar). As an independent band, they have risen to prominence through a popular YouTube channel and word of mouth rather than through mainstream channels (major label distribution and mass media).

Galt Aureus' second full-length album, Citadels (released in 2009), reportedly reached the top ten on the most listened albums chart and has received praise from music bloggers who note the album for its ambitious arrangements, often "layered", "complex" and orchestral in nature, and for having been recorded, mixed and mastered entirely by Galt Aureus. Galt Aureus' YouTube channel was amongst the top 100 subscribed channels of all time.

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