Devil's Thumb is a residential area in southwest Boulde. It's not
far from theNational Center for Atmospheric Research,
nextled up next to the "Greenbelt"
area. The name comes from a formation on one of the
foothills on the west side of town.
looks like a thumb sticking up on
the south side of that hill. I named this piece in honor of two friends (one has since
who live in that area of
Greenbelt is the word that refers to an area on the west side of
town in Boulder. It was established several decades ago to
designate an area on which building
would be banned - to keep some open space where people could hike and enjoy
Flatirons Rag - There are three large rock formations close to
each other on the west side of Boulder. They stand
sentinel over the town, and are an
integral part of its identity. They have long been favored by hikers and climbers.
Spruce Street is one block north of the Pearl Street mall in
downtown Boulder - it's not
unusual to see joggers or people hurrying to a lunch date or appointment
with their therapist along that street.
Pearl Street is a focal point in downtown Boulder. Although it
does extend on out to 55th Street, it is the
downtown section from about 7th St. to
20th St. where most of the shops and restaurants are found. The
mall - no cars allowed - runs from 11th
to 15th Streets, and weekends there are often the site
ethnic festivals, arts and crafts
booths, etc. Street musicians are often performing there. It is a lively, fun place to
Sugarloaf mountain is a few miles west of Boulder, and is home to
quite a few hardy mountain people, as well
as hiking trails. Only a twenty minute
drive from town, it's an easy commute. The views - both to the east and the
- from up there are
The Mall Strut – The pedestrian mall in Pearl Street in downtown
Boulder was created in the mid-1970’s.
It has been a gathering place for many
many arts and crafts exhibits, street musicians, tourists, ethnic festivals,
outdoor cafes, starting and finishing points for the annual children’s run, called the
Pearl Street Mile, etc. Except
in very bad weather, and in the middle
of the night, you will usually find something going on there.
North Boulder Rag - The University of Colorado is in the
South-Central part of Boulder. When I was a student,
my live revolved around that part of
town. Rarely did I ever venture as far away as north Boulder. It was almost
as if it were a different town. Through
the years as Boulder has grown, north Boulder has also grown. Some of its
neighborhoods have the lowest crime
rates in Boulder - hardly ever is there any vandalism or crime here. It's a
wonderful area for children. It has
sports fields and a few shopping centers. It's not really very far from downtown.
The reservoir is a few miles northeast of Boulder, and ever since
it was first built - I believe in the late 1950's
it has been a favorite recreation spot
for CU students as well as residents of Boulder of all ages. It has been part
of triathlons, and other events. The
second theme in this piece I purposely made to resemble some old student
songs which were often sung around
campfires on picnics in the
RTD stands for "Regional Transportation District". It's our local
bus system, which is one of the best around.
Anywhere you want to go in and around
Boulder is accessible by bus, and the wait is usually not very long.
They do a great job. This piece just
sounds to me like a bus rolling down the road.hills when I was a in school.
The whole piece has a rather playful
Mesa Trail is a lovely hike along the foothills just west of
town. It runs from near the National Center for
Atmospheric Research up on a hill in
South Boulder to the small ttown of Eldorado Springs (a favorite vacation
spot many years ago for Dwight and Mamir
Eisenhower.) I purposely set the tempo on this piece a
than many of the others in this
book......it's a walk and not a run. And a leisurely
walk at that - nobody is in
a hurry - they are enjoying the scenery
and the smells of pine needles and the wildflowers off to the side of the path.
The Hill Holler - Beginning on measure 30 of this piece, I
picture a dialog between two groups. I remember
goin to sleep one night in the late
1960's seeing the flashing lights of police helicopters patrolling the "Hill" area
to the University in Boulder.
There was a standoff between merchants
there and hippies who were blocking the
entrances to the stores. Those years were
a very unsettling time in this country, and that was
reflected in what h
appened here. So I envisioned a dialog
here - one measure being said by one group, and the next by the other.
Back and forth.
Davidson Mesa Looking West There's a car pull-over area off the
highway on the top of Davidson Mesa,
and it is a breathtaking view - the city
of Boulder nestled below with the red-tiled roofs of
buildings and above, the stunning
panorama of the 'back range'. There's usually some snow on them year round,
and many of those peaks are 14,00 or
above. Almost always there are cars stopped at the turn-out taking pictures.
The front range is the western
backdrop of the city of Boulder, and is also - if you travel up Boulder Canyon
to the west - the gateway to the back range. Those high peaks are quite a
distance from town - one must drive
an hour and a helf or so to be up in them - but the front range is the
start of the mountains, after the miles
and miles of flatlands on the Great Plains of our wonderful