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February 28, 2012

Keyboard / computer / violin / guitar all present and correct today, and I created a string arrangement for my song “Roses” that is probably my best work yet. Ever.

12 hours inside headphones, time to call it a day. Perhaps a few tweaks left (always something to fiddle with!) but for now, I’d say it’s about 99% ready for the symphony orchestra to make salty water seep from your eyes…

By the way, where am I? Ah yes, this mountain retreat. It’s enormous. The front room is 65 feet long, with a grand piano and a natural reverb that is as epic as the view from the French windows.

The solitude here is intense, especially at night with the wind howling louder than the coyotes, and the snakes slithering, the scary poison circling this homestead.

It’s a bonafide piece of Western culture, built by Bill Boyd, the actor who embodied Hopalong Cassidy. Brick by brick, beam by beam, he hauled the materials up the canyon by donkey to establish a palace for his sweet young bride, Grace. And then lost it all in a card game to the actor who embodied the Cisco Kid.

This is real! It’s such a crazy story, but it’s REAL HISTORY!!!

There are coffee table books here to prove it. And I can feel the legend in my bones as I write.

It’s in the music, and for that I am truly grateful to my hosts and friends, and their sweet doggies.