“Gila River Ravine” came to me in a burst one morning a few years ago after reading "Gila: The Life and Death of an American River" by Gregory McNamee. My song sketches a picture of the river through time, ancient to modern, including the humans of the past and those today who “took all they could.”
The river keeps flowing, as the chorus says, even though its “way to the sea” has been diminished on the surface.
The title of the song includes the “ravine” in the Gila Wilderness, formed with and by the river, reminding us of the entirety of our local ecosystem.
The Gila River, as I say in the final chorus, is in all of us, literally as in the water we drink and figuratively as the Spirit of this bioregion.
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