Rainbow on the Moormons
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Rainbow on the Moormons - Me and Arnie Naiman used to take an annual spring trip to play music around Charlottesville VA. One year we lingered a couple days to visit with our friends Pete and Ellen Vigour and found ourselves on a freshly stocked Mormons River.
Lost River - Underneath our concrete jungles, there are rivers - some raging, some meandering. All of them were once full of fish, but were covered over at some point in the name of progress. In Toronto it’s Taddle and Garrison Creek. I always imagine some ancient albino brook trout under there waiting for the human race to concede, for the river to rise to the surface, and to reclaim her colours.
Copper Run - I was inspired to write this song after reading Walter Wetherall’s book “Upland Stream”. Nobody’s ever managed to explain the abstract importance of a trout stream with more grace and reason.
Hell to Pay - I’ve always had a nagging protestant work ethic that’s prevented me from fully embracing the trout-bum lifestyle. This is me working through that and some other problems.
Dock Belmont’s Tune - Me and Showman wrote this tune one morning while enjoying coffee on the dock. Later that evening he caught his first pickerel on Belmont Lake.
May Day - I’ve written a lot of music on the shores of Belmont Lake. Me and Andrew Collins came up with this one years ago whilst day tripping on the first of May.
Big Sister Waltz - OK, this one actually has nothing to do with fishing, I just thought it would fit nicely with the rest of the tunes. Written for my sister Cathy, and my niece Caitlin.
Road to the River - I wrote this tune sitting on the banks of the Delaware River in NY. I’ll send it out to my friend Dr. Bob Hutton (Banjo Bob) in honour of our annual trip to the Catskills.
Winter’s Hope - I got the name for this tune from a Steelhead fly I saw in Fly Tier Magazine (originated by Bill McMillan). It’s a very pretty fly, but the name made me think of the feeling I get each time I drill a new hole through frozen Lake Simcoe, hoping to find a school of perch below. After all these years, I think the ability to maintain hope might be my greatest skill as a fisherman, and possibly, what’s facilitated my longevity as a professional musician.
The Tumbling River - Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to experience some moments while out on the river or in the woods that have made me feel part of something much larger than myself and given me some powerful feelings of clarity and connection. They’ve often happened at poignant times in my life, and I’m grateful for that. As with the protagonist of this song, I have no opinion on the source of these moments...God?... Mother Nature?...Serendipity? who knows? I’m happy to just let the mystery be.
Elk River Blues - This tune was written by West Virginia fiddler Ernie Carpenter. The story goes that he wrote it after The Army Core of Engineers dammed the Elk River in WV and flooded his family homestead (where they had lived since the 1700’s). That would certainly give a man the blues. I fished the Elk River (West Virginia) once...skunked. I’ve always thought this was an especially beautiful piece of music andriver tribute so I thought I’d include it here.
Cutthroat - This is my little tribute to the westslope cutthroat trout. I’ve spent some of the happiest days of my life fishing for them, and if I can steal a day or two between gigs out west, you’ll find me in south western BC doing just that.
Deer River - The Deer River (as it is locally known) flows into Belmont Lake, and is where I like to be in May when the pickerel (walleye) season begins.
Lazy Day - This old western swing song seemed like the perfect way to say goodbye.