This instrumental tune was inspired by long drives along the Great River Road in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. It is not one "road" really, but a series of connected highways that have been designated a National Scenic Byway Route through the coordination of the states and municipalities bordering America's great waterway, the Mississippi River.
The Great River Road is consistently named one of the best scenic drives in America, and I think the piece of it we have here in the Driftless Region of the Upper Midwest is one of the most dramatic and picturesque. You can learn more about the route and what's on it at experiencemississippiriver.com.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: "Great River Road" is on Backwaters, released on Momentous Records in August 2020. You can listen to the full album at mikestarling.bandcamp.com. There is also a link there for you to help out a great local volunteer nonprofit cause, the Friends of the La Crosse River Marsh. The wetlands and trails they help preserve and improve are one of the inspirations for the music on Backwaters. –Starling
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in a small Wisconsin blue-collar town, Mike Starling ditched the assembly line for a long, sometimes circuitous career working with words, sound and images. His original music is heard on numerous recordings and soundtracks, and his stories and photos have been featured in books, films, mags and other media. Among his other interesting career moves, he has edited a beer magazine, played bass in a reggae band and sold potato chips door-to-door. Inspired by the life-altering events of 2020, he launched a year-long web-based project called I Remember Travel in January 2021.
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I REMEMBER TRAVEL
Journeys in sight and sound by Mike Starling
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