Recorded September 25
First track: Will Calls (Marfa demo)
Artist: Grizzly Bear
Second track: Final Russian
It was early morning on a scenic overlook along Pinto Canyon Road, about 33 miles southwest of Marfa, Texas. The sun had yet to peek over the bluff on the facing eastern horizon. The wind, still chilly with night, stung in my throat and made my ears ache. The ground beneath me was at an incline and covered with gravel and loose rocks, making every movement a compromise between what I wanted to happen and what was possible.
For several songs, without the witness of the camera, I moved. I marveled at how quickly the elevation stole my breath. I paused to take delicious inhales and exhales, wanting my insides to match the stillness around me. I waited patiently to feel grounded. Then I turned on the camera.
Each movement turned my attention further away from the discerning eye perched upon the tripod. The yuccas, with their floral pom-poms rustling in the wind, became my audience. I felt a lightness and freedom in my body, born from the choices I am making in my life.
As I moved upon the earth, I felt a connection to something beyond my understanding, as certain as the sun that now peered from over the bluff, brilliant in its warmth like a mother's love.