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by Tom Rasely

A collection of 15 instrumental reflections on the Heartland of America.
Genre: Easy Listening: Background Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Indiana
2:31 $0.99
2. Wind Farm
2:28 $0.99
3. Blue River Blues
2:41 $0.99
4. Chicken Pickings
2:29 $0.99
5. Fields of Yellow
2:16 $0.99
6. Wabash Medley
3:59 $0.99
7. Amish Auction
2:08 $0.99
8. Lizzie & Elias
2:06 $0.99
9. Hand to the Plow
2:04 $0.99
10. Muscatatuck River
2:23 $0.99
11. In Meadows Green
2:40 $0.99
12. Felix the Barn Cat
2:12 $0.99
13. Time Zones
3:05 $0.99
14. Wildwood/Double Eagle
2:49 $0.99
15. Heartland: A Simple Gift
3:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
I am nomadic. Born in Pennsylvania, our family moved to upstate New York when I was 11. I grew up there, went to college, made a lot friends, met my wife, and my daughter was born there. Along the way, we moved Honolulu, Hawaii and back, and also moved to Wilson, North Carolina and back. However, for the better part of 50 years the central region of New York was home. Suddenly we find ourselves in southern Indiana. But in only a short time, it feels right; it feels like home.

Inspiration for the original songs on this CD was easy to find. A huge wind farm is located off of I-65 just outside of Lafayette, Indiana. The Blue River, in the southern part of the state, played a role in the Battle of Corydon during the Civil War (1863). The Muscatatuck River flows very near our house. And one evening we attended an Amish auction near Loogootee (in Martin County); I tried to capture the busy fun on my Harmony Archtop guitar that I bought at an auction in NY.

“Hand to the Plow”, “In Meadows Green”, and “Fields of Yellow” are all tributes to the hard-working farmers of this area, where the corn fields stretch on for miles sometimes. “Lizzie and Elias” are our grandchildren (who live near Chicago); they are the main reason that we relocated to the Midwest. “Wildwood Flower” (1860) and “Under the Double Eagle” (an 1893 march, which comes with a nod to flatpicker Norman Blake), both evoke the rural flavor of this region. “The Banks of the Wabash” was adopted as the Indiana state song in 1913, and “Wabash Cannonball” (1882) made for a great companion piece.

The final song “The Heartland– A Simple Gift” incorporates the familiar Shaker hymn and, for me, reflects the essence of the Heartland panorama.

If you have never spent any time in southern Indiana, allow me to recommend that you get off the main highway and experience a place where, if time doesn’t stand still, it surely slows down a bit.



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