Duration: 5 minutes, 30 seconds
Premiered by: the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble
While living in Las Vegas, Nevada, with my family four hours away in California, the most direct route to them was through Death Valley National Park. The drive was often done in the middle of the night; each tiny desert town or outpost along the way was like a beacon, the lights of the next guiding my way soon after departing the last. The trip was a hypnotizing combination of incredibly fast movement – driving 70 or 80 miles per hour through the desert – and the slow, nearly sustained horizon of the Mojave landscape as it stretched out ahead of me. The music of this piece is a reflection on that travel and that geography.