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In the beautiful Wet Mountain Valley of southern Colorado, landscape is not the only natural resource. The real lives of people who live in this place have a simple power to connect us to what matters most.

Wet Mountain Valley Dry Goods Nicole Parsons

    • Arts

In the beautiful Wet Mountain Valley of southern Colorado, landscape is not the only natural resource. The real lives of people who live in this place have a simple power to connect us to what matters most.

    Episode 12: Footsteps of the Ancestors

    Episode 12: Footsteps of the Ancestors

    We don't know much about the ancient people who lived in Valley long before we got here, but we do know where they walked. (Airs October 24, 2017)

    Credits and Program Notes
    Theme Music
    Song: Good For Her (by Bruce Roper)
    Band: Sons of the Never Wrong
    Album: Nuthatch Suite
    BMI/Waterbug Records/Faintly Spoken Music
    www.sons.com

    Other Music in this Episode:

    All flute tunes composed and played by Richard Posadas.

    Other Information about this Episode:

    Marilynne Robinson quotes come from her essay "Hearing Silence: Western Myth Reconsidered," collected in Northern Lights: A Selection of New Writing from the American West edited by Deborah Clow and Donald Snow, Vintage Books, New York, 1994, page 65.

    • 14 min
    Episode 11: Church of the Holy Cow

    Episode 11: Church of the Holy Cow

    Despite the wild west beginnings, St. Luke's has seen generations of amazing grace.

    Credits and Program Notes
    Theme Music
    Song: Good For Her (by Bruce Roper)
    Band: Sons of the Never Wrong
    Album: Nuthatch Suite
    BMI/Waterbug Records/Faintly Spoken Music
    www.sons.com

    Other Music in this Episode

    Wildra Walker Ruzanski on the St. Luke’s pump organ, playing Amazing Grace
    “Bliss” from soundofpicture.com
    “Tree” by Bar Scott

    Other Information about this Episode

    Wallace Stegner quotes come from his essay “A Sense of Place” collected in Where the Bluebird Sings the the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West, Penguin Books, 1992.

    • 12 min
    Episode 10: Not From Around Here

    Episode 10: Not From Around Here

    Sometimes, all you really need is a long walk. A really long walk.

    Credits and Program Notes
    Theme Music
    Song: Good For Her (by Bruce Roper)
    Band: Sons of the Never Wrong
    Album: Nuthatch Suite
    BMI/Waterbug Records/Faintly Spoken Music
    www.sons.com


    Other Music in this Episode

    "Colorado," "Wurlywind," "Mute Groove," and "Peace Settling" all by soundofpicture.com

    Other Information about this Episode

    To follow Felipe's journey since leaving Westcliffe, take a look at his blog: http://felipeogonzalez.com/blog/

    • 14 min
    Episode 9: Head in the Clouds

    Episode 9: Head in the Clouds

    Silver Cliff musician Dan Green keeps his feet on the ground while turning a lifelong dream into reality.

    Credits and Program Notes
    Theme Music
    Song: Good For Her (by Bruce Roper)
    Band: Sons of the Never Wrong
    Album: Nuthatch Suite
    BMI/Waterbug Records/Faintly Spoken Music
    www.sons.com

    Other Music in this Episode:

    "Not Drunk" by The Joy Drops
    "Yolo" from soundofpicture.com
    "Swansong" by Josh Woodward

    • 10 min
    Episode 8: Paying Attention

    Episode 8: Paying Attention

    Grizzly Bear researcher and Wet Mountain Valley native son Vic Barnes has learned a thing or two about noticing the details.

    Credits and Program Notes
    Theme Music
    Song: Good For Her (by Bruce Roper)
    Band: Sons of the Never Wrong
    Album: Nuthatch Suite
    BMI/Waterbug Records/Faintly Spoken Music
    www.sons.com


    Other Music in this Episode

    "Avec Soin" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    "Biplane" from soundofpicture.com

    Other Sounds in this Episode:
    Quote from the poem "Yes! No!" by Mary Oliver is found in Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays, Beacon Press, Boston, 2003, p. 27.

    How necessary it is to have opinions! I think the spotted trout lilies are satisfied, standing a few inches above the earth. I think serenity is not something you just find in the world, like a plum tree, holding up its white petals.

    The violets, along the river, are opening their blue faces, like small dark lanterns.

    The green mosses, being so many, are as good as brawny.

    How important it is to walk along, not in haste but slowly, looking at everything and calling out

    Yes! No! The

    swan, for all his pomp, his robes of grass and petals, wants only to be allowed to live on the nameless pond. The catbrier is without fault. The water thrushes, down among the sloppy rocks, are going crazy with happiness. Imagination is better than a sharp instrument. To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.

    • 10 min
    Episode 7: Vacation Postcards

    Episode 7: Vacation Postcards

    Two young out-of-towners explore the Valley.

    Credits and Program Notes
    Theme Music
    Song: Good For Her (by Bruce Roper)
    Band: Sons of the Never Wrong
    Album: Nuthatch Suite
    BMI/Waterbug Records/Faintly Spoken Music
    www.sons.com



    Other Music in this Episode:

    Live recordings of Convergence, the faculty of The Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz in the Sangres camp, from July 2016.


    Other Sounds in this Episode:

    Field recordings from our backyard, inside Family Dollar, at Alvarado Campground, along the Rainbow Trail, at Coyote Moon (a house concert venue), Cliff Lanes Bowling Alley and Mission: Wolf

    Special thanks to Micah and Tyler Parsons for having an adventure with us. Thanks, too, to their parents Jeremy and Ashley Parsons (and their little brother Zion) for loaning "the brothers" to us for a week.

    Meet this special crew (not that we're biased) at www.wearetheparsonsfamily.com

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

Ani Oatlie ,

Wet Mountain Valley Dry Goods

WMVDG has the flavor of old fashioned values. I love the human interest Nicole brings to her soliloquies and interviews. I enjoy hearing about the folks of the valley and the research she brings to her show. The historical facts she has found and shared are fascinating. Thank you, Nicole. (I'm so glad you have a podcast now!)

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