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Walkin Jim Stoltz - I Walk In Beauty

In Memory – Walkin Jim Stoltz

Walkin Jim Stoltz – June 1953 – Sept 2010

This memorial day my thoughts include an old friend Jim Stoltz through one of his many many songs about the wild places called “I Walk In Beauty”.

You can listen to this song Jim sings a cappella from this link on The Walkin Jim Foundation web site:

http://walkinjim.com/index.php?pr=I_Walk_In_Beauty

Other selected songs from Jim’s various CDs are online there for you to listen to as well. As described below from his memorial page online, he was a “master troubadour” and a great friend to many including our lovely planet.

Aloha,

– DE


Walkin’ Jim Stoltz
June 1953 – September 2010

Walkin’ Jim Stoltz set off on his last forever wild hike on Friday, September 3, 2010. Our master troubadour and dear friend fought a heroic battle with cancer in Helena, MT. He was 57 years old.

Walkin’ Jim is widely known throughout the U.S. for his unique combination of long-distance hiking, original songwriting, and photography. Jim was an adventurer, artist, poet, photographer, author, and environmental activist.

In his lifetime, he accomplished numerous long-distance treks including the complete lengths of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, an east to west cross-continent hike, the entire U.S. Continental Divide, trips from Yellowstone to the Yukon, and many others. In total, he hiked over 28,000 miles of long-distance trips.

When not on a long trip, Walkin’ Jim could be found on any of the many trails in southwest Montana for a day hike with family and friends. He was also an avid cross-country skier. Jim also enjoyed wilderness travels by canoe.

Between trips, Jim would create, produce and perform original shows of his travels with photography and music, always incorporating his keen sense of environmental awareness and justice for all things wild. His musical, hiking, and environmental career spanned 45 years.

[… con’t on the In Loving Memory page from walkinjim.com ]

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And I Said…9/11/2001 in Memory

And I Said…

It’s the end of summer see the red lights running
‘Cross the open interstate
And the wind feels good through the summer wood
The evening’s getting late
I’m with my little boy wearing corduroys and
He’s looking up at me
He says why’d they kill those people there
In New York City
And I Said…

So we lit 3 candles sitting on the wall
While the stars were coming on
And we said our prayers in the early fall
For those never really gone
One for the bodies of the innocent
Good God let them rest in peace
And one for the minds in the universe
That learn from tragedy
And one for the Spirit and the Souls at large
May we find true Unity
In a little boy wearing corduroy
He’s looking up at me
And I say…

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Written and recorded immediately following 9/11/2001 and uploaded to the web as an audio mp3. I created the video in 2007 after visiting Ground Zero and taking the photos. Posted today in memory…Namaste