Telling the Muir Story Through Music
From the composer Jake Runestad on "Come to the Woods"
"Come to the Woods" explores Muir's inspirations and the transporting peace found in the natural world. Using a collage of fragments from Muir's writings, the work ventures from the boisterous joy of a "glorious day," to the quiet whispering of wind, to the rejuvenating power of a storm, to the calming "amber light" when the clouds begin to clear. I hope it captures the self-discovery and sustenance one encounters while exploring the outdoors and its vital importance in our lives. As Muir writes, "I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."