The Groves

Nestled in the mountains of Southern Idaho is a small town named Albion. Once a bustling little town, Albion now has a population of merely 260. At one time, the centerpiece of the town was the Albion State Normal School, a small two year college. To quote from the website of the campus’ current owners:

Albion State Normal School was established by the Idaho State Legislator in 1893. The citizens of Albion actively lobbied the schools establishment, and donated the land and labor for the new campus. The school offered a two year teacher training program until 1947, when it was renamed Southern Idaho College of Education (SICE) and awarded baccalaureate degrees. The school remained troubled by low income and lack of funding and finely closed by the state in 1951. During its existence Albion State Normal School awarded approximately 6,460 degrees. The campus remained vacant until 1957, when the Magic Valley Christian College opened at the site, and later closed in 1969. The beautiful historic campus was locked and boarded up until the City of Albion auctioned it off in 2007 when the Mortensen family purchased it with plans for a retreat.

I had the opportunity to stay a few nights at the campus, which has one building that has been magnificently restored and is perfect for family reunions and large gatherings. While there, I wrote this song. I have included with it some pictures and video I shot while on the campus. For more information about the Albion Campus Retreat, visit their website.

Click here for a panorama of the campus!

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In the Beginning

This is one piece I had a lot of fun writing.  This song represents just one part of a journey.  In the beginning, you start slow. And then one at a time things start happening until you come to that moment where you’re running as fast as the wind.  If you like this let me know in a comment and pass it on to your friends!

 

Roundhouse on the Mississippi

When I first started working on this website about a month ago I had no real intentions of making it an actual blog.  I just wanted a place to showcase my music.  But the more I started getting into it the more I realized I enjoyed the writing aspect that came with it.  So I’ve finally found why bloggers do what they do.  There’s just something relaxing to organizing all of your thoughts together.  Today I am typing this sitting in front of a warm wood fire stove on the banks of the Mississippi.  The wind is blowing, the fire is blazing, and I am warm and happy.  We came

 to spend a week in Nauvoo, IL to do a few concerts and work on getting moved out of our old house here.  When our good friend Irene Tukuafu learned of our visit, she asked us to watch the house and mend the fire while she and her husband Tomasi (Scrabble player extraordinaire) visit her brother in Texas.  Irene and Tomasi live in a beautiful log round house that they built themselves.  Their home was even featured in a PBS show called “Illinois Stories”.  Check it out below!  So now here I sit, blogging in front of the fire by the mighty mississippi.  Life is good.