Echoes of Wildcat Canyon was inspired by visits to Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks in LaSalle county in northeastern Illinois. Carved out by glacier meltwater, Starved Rock is home to 18 canyons, many of which contain dramatic waterfalls. Nearby Matthiessen State Park is geologically similar - steep tree-lined forests circle the whitewater of the Vermilion River, and is a favorite place of mine to go. On a trip there in early spring of 2011, I took my daughter's Australian shepherd collie, Nala. There are 5 miles of criss-crossing trails in Matthiessen, and when the afternoon sun starts to set, it's easy to get disoriented. Nala is extremely loyal and followed me down all the wrong turns, until finally I followed her and we made it back safely.
As nature is God's canvas, humans leave our mark upon the world through the arts. We know very little about King Tut, but we know very well the art that surrounded him. We know little of the day to day comings and goings of Michelangelo, but his passion and dreams are made manifest on cathedral ceilings and chiseled in stone. The window to a soul is always seen through art, music and letters. These echo down through the ages.
The cover art was for Echoes of Wildcat Canyon was used with the kind permission of Linda Wilder. Linda is an extremely prolific and talented artist from Calgary, Alberta Canada. I love her paintings, and have a special affinity for her nature scenes. Her painting entitled "Rocky Mountain Bow", and her other artwork can be seen on her website at the link mentioned on this page.
The tracks on this Cd were played on a double-strung mahogany harp. Two courses of 32 strings line this beautiful "echo" harp and the resulting sound is wonderful to behold. Nature sounds which accompany the music were captured digitally at McKinley Woods, Hickory Creek and the Midewin Tallgrass Prairie, all of which are nearby where I live.