Red Rock Rondo | Zion Canyon Song Cycle

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Zion Canyon Song Cycle

by Red Rock Rondo

A new Americana song cycle celebrating the history and contemporary life of Zion National Park and its neighboring communities: guitars, violins, oboe, English horn, mandolin, banjo, mandocello, harmonica, accordion, jaw harp, upright bass and vocals.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Marvelous Flood
4:48 $0.99
2. Back And Forth (A Ghost Story)
5:38 $0.99
3. When President Harding Came To Zion
3:59 $0.99
4. Carnelia
4:19 $0.99
5. Big Rock
2:52 $0.99
6. The Boy Who Never Saw A Train
4:43 $0.99
7. Rocks On Fire
3:40 $0.99
8. Pretty Quilts Out On The Line
3:20 $0.99
9. Nicholas Plays The Moonlight Sonata
4:05 $0.99
10. Hay-Colored Leaves
4:37 $0.99
11. Edgewalker
3:50 $0.99
12. Driving Back To Hurricane
3:20 $0.99
13. My Little Town
4:17 $0.99
14. When The Rooster Crows (Company's Coming)
3:21 $0.99
15. Moving Waters
5:24 $0.99
16. The Don Falvey Waltz
3:15 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Red Rock Rondo\'s Zion Canyon Song Cycle was previewed in Rockville in March, 2006. It was a towering success – a triumph of storytelling in music. The locals loved it, as it was their stories. But we out-of-towners were also utterly drawn and carried away with the stories of a baby born in a flood, of two little girls killed when their swing collapsed, of Carnelia Crawford\'s anger at being forced off her land to make way for the new national park, and of hotel workers who drive back to Hurricane after work because they can no longer afford to live in Springdale.

This is an important piece of work. It\'s important because it tells the story not only of Springdale, but of the West as people scratch out livings, then find themselves displaced if they live in a place that outsiders fall in love with.

These cliffs may look stalwart and eternal, but they and the surrounding desert are surprisingly fragile, and the life that clings to the red soil is also fragile. Water is the thing. It floods, it dries up, it erodes; it gives life as long as it remains docile and predictable.

The songs capture all of this. Phillip Bimstein\'s gift is to listen to and absorb the stories, then to translate them into a medium that is at once innovative and ancient, that allows the specificity and universality of the stories to come through, touching all who hear.

The songs are now a part of me. I want to hear them again and again. I want to sing them as if the stories were my own. And somehow they are.

Elaine Thatcher
Associate Director
Mountain West Center for Regional Studies

Red Rock Rondo is:
Phillip Bimstein, Kate MacLeod, Hal Cannon, Charlotte Bell, Flavia Cervino-Wood & Harold Carr



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John Wiemer

This is truly music at its finest...the magical telling of a story of a small town in Utah with the passion and sensitivity to recognize the beauty of its landscape and the love of the common folks in Springdale. Highly recommended.