The Flute Player by Shawn Mihalik
From my Amazon review:
The tale of a young man tasked with playing the flute every morning and every evening, to keep his entire village from feeling too deeply the trials and tribulations of everyday life, Mihalik's "The Flue Player" takes us into the world of Oliver and his begrudging calling.
Charmed and otherworldly from the first words, this novella is impossible to put down. It reads almost like a parable, with sentences packed so full of meaning I cannot wait to open it back up and dig deeper. Would that I could buy this for every single person I know!