"Pretty Little Town"--The meadowlark sings a familiar tune, "Grantsville is a pretty little town!" from the cedar posts in the spring. You can hear its song in children's laughter as they play, as you wave to friends at the post office, and as the old men sit at the drug store counter discussing last night's high school football game. (by Brad Hurst)
"Stoplight"--Change came to Grantsville recently when they installed the first stoplight near the new Maverick gas station, symbolic of the new people who are bringing change--and new friendships--to town. (by Susan Johnsen)
"Hilda"--"Most people rust out, than wear out," said Hilda Erickson, who lived to be the oldest surviving pioneer. (by Emily Christensen)
"Little White Indian Boy"--A song about running away, just like Nicholas Wilson did, only to find that "you don't love home till you go away." (by Brad Hurst)
"Down Cooley Lane"--Two rows of poplars once lined Cooley Lane--or lover's lane as it was known. Now they are dead, and families take root there instead, but they are a reminder of those who built this town. (by Emily Christensen)
"North Street Serenade"--Admiring the wistful evenings in Grantsville, but missing the nighthawks that once flew at dusk. (by Dennis Hawker)
"Just Like Old Times"--Written years ago by a local songwriter who has since passed on, this adapted song mentions some of the favorite places to hang out in Grantsville, like "lover's lane" and the old Bluebird store. (by Mignon Christley, adapted by Emily Christensen)
"Sunflowers and Sage"--All about the sights and smells of Grantsville, including the sunflowers and sage right after the rain. (by Sheila Hurst)
"Pioneers of Twenty Wells"--A ballad of how early pioneers of Grantsville (once knowns Twenty Wells) took on a fugitve murderer who tried to hide out in town. (by Brad Hurst)
Other titles include: "Home To Me" (by Taylor Hutchins), "Humble Beginnings" (by Brad Hurst), "Eggin'" (by Emily Christensen), "Ibapah" (by Helen Riquelme), "Silhouette of Deseret" (by Dillon Hurst and Brad Hurst) and "Cowboy Bob" (by Brad Hurst)
Grantsville Song Cycle is a collection of original songs about Grantsville written by local musicians. The project was made possible by two consecutive grants awarded to Friends of Clark Historic Farm through the Division of Utah Arts and Museums with funding through the National Endowment for the Arts.
A song cycle is a group of individual songs that are performed as a unit to tell a story. In January 2014, the community was invited to an opening workshop featuring composer Phillip Bimstein and historian/musician Hal Cannon who are members of the folk music ensemble Red Rock Rondo. Phillip and Hal taught how they interviewed local folks and collected history for their music album and Emmy award-winning documentary, "Zion Canyon Song Cycle."
Local songwriters interviewed people, researched written history and thought about what it means to live in Grantsville. They then took phrases and stories from their findings and put them into songs. Seasoned musicians and some who had never written music before got together weekly to critique and praise, and they presented their work at a songwriters' concert in June 2014. They were also featured on the 131st Annual Grantsville Sociable program.
The music was professionally recorded by over 30 local musicians and released on CD in December 2015. The album is also be available on CD Baby. However, the CD includes a collectible 20-page booklet with lyrics and stories behind each song--you'll want this! All proceeds will go toward historic preservation efforts.
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