A little over a year past the epic trip my brother and I took to the WV and MD border. My wife and I returned with our two children to base camp, Shepherdstown, WV, in early November. I was lucky enough to have my wife, Christy, come along as I paid respect to that magical spot I fell in love with.
Great fishing gear lets you focus on the fish. It keeps you comfortable in a variety of conditions, inner and outer layers working together to keep you cool and protected from the sun while stalking bonefish in the tropics or warm and dry when casting to winter steelhead. The shells, waders, insulation and base layers are all designed to work together to move moisture outward, keep warmth in, provide unrestricted mobility and stand up to the abuse that rivers and the ocean can dish out. Our fishing gear does just that.
Protect the fucking fish, man.
After a year of reading and research, I was finally prepared. A hefty stack of photocopies, notes and books collected on the table. From these I patched together the working outline of what would become Jack Straw. The moment had come. It was now I, my laptop and MS Word. But, I couldn’t face this alone and as for practically every moment of my life, I knew I could rely on a constant companion to tease this muse forth: Music.
Of course I had given this some fothought and I turned to Neil Young and his guitar the stretch the torch forward and lead the way. The album that was on constant rotation during the drafting of the first two chapters was his album, Dead Man. The soundtrack to the film of the same name.
The album is essentially instrumental with clips of the film blending the tracks together. Neil wrote and recorded the music while watching the film. Dead Man, is a western. Often called a “Psychedelic Western”, the film if often cited as the finest example of the post-modern Western.
Jack Straw and Dead Man grow from the same Earth. And if one was to put his ear to the land, Neil Young’s brilliant score would sink into their skull.
Listening to Guitar Solo. No. 5
Neil Young – Guitar Solo, No. 5