Like many endeavors, it begins with the second cup of coffee. It's a cold January morning-- clear, the temperature below zero-- and sunlight spreads across a snowy landscape, finds my window, suffuses the room. I hear a cluster of tones inside me, and putting my coffee mug aside, take my steel guitar from the case. Steel bar in hand, I play the notes. Next, I rummage in my studio until I find the old Yamaha digital reverb-- 20th century vintage, seldom used of late-- that seems to be the tool I need. Within minutes I have a signal path to my computer, and I hit the record button.I begin to play, all the while internalizing that suffusion of winter light, letting it spread into the sounds I'm making.
Later that day, out on a trail run, I keep that music playing inside me as I explore the changing light and shadow of the winter day. -KMB
Photos by KMB