The Laurel Highlands Trail

24 Nov 2005

The Laurel Highlands Trail Opus 7, Composed December 2005. The Laurel Highlands is a spectacularly beautiful area in southwestern Pennsylvania. My daughter and I took a long bike ride there in '05 or '04 (starting out in Ohiopyle State Park), and I always loved going back to that area. For those unfamiliar with the place, it’s about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh — home of the famous “Fallingwater” home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (and many other wonders). As for the rag, it reflects the natural aspects of the area — the trails, the river, the scenic overlooks, the mysteries. For some strange reason, this is the second time I’ve followed a Db theme with an F# trio. I like that particular transition, probably because F# and Db share so many common notes -- but also because F# is such a beautiful key to me. I’m rather fond of this piece, even though I do plan some revisions in the finale.

As for the video here... well, we moved away from SW Pennsylvania years ago. Chances are I won't be going back to Ohiopyle anytime soon, so I've set this piece to some footage shot a few years ago heading out highway 26 from Portland (Oregon) to the coast. I just popped the camera on the dash one day & let it film the trip. Fits fairly well here, I think.

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