Mike Swan | Songs of the Sierras

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Songs of the Sierras

by Mike Swan

A fun romp through the lore of the Sierras by a native son.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Graves in Eshom Valley
2:44 $0.99
2. Bear Clover
2:51 $0.99
3. Farewell to Spring
3:02 $0.99
4. The Old Logging Road
2:59 $0.99
5. The Snowplant
2:19 $0.99
6. Borne On the Breeze
4:22 $0.99
7. Rattlesnake Peg
9:23 $0.99
8. The Hillside Goucher
2:29 $0.99
9. Sequoia
5:00 $0.99
10. Walking Woman
3:04 $0.99
11. Manzanita
3:40 $0.99
12. Blue Jay
2:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Sierra Nevada Mountains have always been a touchstone in my life. I spent summers on the family homestead as a
young boy where I learned the lore of the 19th century lifestyle. I was immersed the pines, soil and vistas that have
never left me over the years. Though I have spent most of my life away from California and the mountains my heart and
imagination have always returned time and time again. Here are some fruits of my remembrance.

The Graves In Eshom Valley – Listeners are cautioned not to expect a literal vision of
this cemetery. Some of my distant relatives are interred here.

Bear Clover – For those not familiar with the Sierras this is a ground covering plant also
known as mountain misery. The scent is either wonderful or repellent.

Farewell To Spring – A lovely flower catalogued by William Clark of the Lewis & Clark
expedition. Its appearance announces the arrival of summer.

The Old Logging Road – A song about remnants of earlier business in the Sierras.
I learned to drive on these roads.

The Snowplant – My first glimpse of a snowplant was an epiphany.

Borne On The Breeze – Inspired by the thought of hawks gliding over hillside valleys.

Rattlesnake Peg – A fanciful cautionary tale suggested by my mothers childhood nickname.

The Hillside Goucher – based on a campfire story related at Bacon Meadow by George Hinkle.

Sequoia – The icons of the Southern Sierras.

Walking Woman – Suggested by a story by Mary Austin published in The Atlantic Monthly
in 1907.

Manzanita – A well known shrub conceived as a fiery young senorita.

Blue Jay – A song about love, the mountains and a ubiquitous bird.



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