"For us there was no wilderness, nature was not dangerous but hospitable, not forbidding but friendly. Our faith sought the harmony of man with his surroundings; while the white man sought the dominance of surroundings. For us, the world was full of beauty; for the white man, it was a place to be endured until he went to another world.
But the old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence."
- Chief Luther Standing Bear
The world is full of beauty—even the hot dry inhospitable deserts and canyons of the southwest hold an uncanny charm in the erosion-carved red sandstone spires and smooth-sculpted arroyos.
Red Earth is a reverent musical tribute to the stark majesty of these lands. Of course it is also a metaphor for the "red" men and women who lived and valiantly fought for so long to preserve their way of life in this harsh and unique environment...
This tune features the Native American bass flute and a sparse rhythm section of frame drums, acoustic bass, acoustic guitar and electric piano.