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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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aspen rose – beauty in the wilderness

the story of aspen rose is a complete sequence of life in four verses starting with the innocence and beauty of youth, the connections between all of us and all things on the planet back to nature itself and the planet we are all in and part of (not on and owners of), the powers of the romantic in all of us and the quest for communication and connection to and comfort with the essential beauty in ourselves through others, and finally our depature from our present incarnation with some better love and understanding of the universe that lies ahead in our imagination…

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aspen rose

aspen rose your toes remind me of a summer lost
beauty in the wilderness unspoiled and untamed
aspen rose your ruby nose reminds me of another frost
straight down from the north comes forth
we’re boiling tea again

aspen rose your blonde hair glows as sunrise
easing up the mountains
you’re wandering through the pines
aspen rose your youth shows
silent as the twilight
settling through the window
calming down my inner mind

aspen rose recall those nights when we were strangers
unknowing to the dangers
that surrounded us like thieves
aspen rose nobody knows
how things could not change
we flowed like a river
right beneath october trees

aspen rose i’ll go i’m sorry that i’m weary
afraid that i have come too far
in far too short a time
aspen rose your heart’s
the slowest burning fire
i’ll ever know
it’s time to go
i love you more than i

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recorded off grid at kitchen table to a korg mr-1
on battery as dsd64 in hamakua, east hawaii

windows open, chimes ringing, gecko chirping,
$89 nylon string guitar from hilo guitars

used the korg 2m-cm stereo mic that came
with the mr-1 offloaded directly from
mr-1without edits or eq of any kind

** this is an HD video – please set youtube to 720p
(change video res thru the little gear icon on the
lower right of the video player **

early photos in the video taken in the san mateo hills
(way up on skyline) on the peninsula in the sf bay area

the later photos in the video are reverse shots from all the way
down near the bay at the leo j. ryan memorial park in foster city looking
out and back up at the san mateo hills where the inital photos came from
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