Tingstad Fans, Let’s Posse Up!

When it comes to instrumental music, Eric Tingstad is among the most  cinematic composers in contemporary music. So tangible, his music conjures images  as individual as the listener. Reviewers and critics typically don’t insert personal experience into what they’ve got to say about music. But a segment on NPR the other day gave me an idea to encourage Tingstad’s fans to write short descriptions of images certain tunes inspire. Like a diary in reverse, we can all create the pictorial content and a personal review for the soundtrack Eric so eloquently provides through the music he produces.

Like sharing music in our living rooms, sharing our stories brings us all closer together. Send all your stories to conbriopr@gmail.com and we’ll post them all together. Posse up!

For me, Dripping Springs, from Tingstad’s latest CD, Badlands is a soundtrack to a memory of growing up as one of 11 girls, all daughters of five guys who owned the Landless Cattle Company. Not one of them had a son, and they leased land to raise feed for cows and horses they raised on gentlemen’s ranches in Oregon.

Every August all us girls would saddle up and ride into the wilderness along the Pacific Crest Trail for a week with our dads. We ate food we’d never touch at home, picked huckleberries for pancakes, raced our horses on narrow trails, swam in freezing cold lakes, washed and dried our Levis on the rocks, slept using our saddles for pillows under the stars, then get up and do it all over again.

The tempo in Dripping Springs is much like the gait of a horse making its way across a meadow, desert, or mountain trail. In perfect time, texture, and color, whenever I hear this tune, I’m immediately transported to the early 1970s on horseback to a place that is still pristine and wild.

Rob Prout sent this in:

I grew up in San Antonio but settled in Yakima, WA on the dry side of the Cascades.
I’m a photographer and frequent the southwest landscapes, trying to convey the wonder I experience there. Eric’s album BADLANDS exudes a similar sense of wonder.
For me the colors, textures and tempos of life in the desert southwest inhabit his compositions. The pauses and spaces between passages evoke the beautiful openness of sky and emptiness of land, especially on Jornado and Ceremony of the Aurora.

My family used to take road trips from San Antonio to the border towns of Mexico through the west Texas desert. What I remember is the way the expansive views seemed to stretch time as well as space. Maybe it was just the impatience of a pre-teen boy. Maybe it was gliding along in a Ford station wagon with no air conditioning.
Now Eric’s music brings back the time, distance and rhythms of the land passing by outside the back seat  windows.

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2017 marks the 33rd year of Janet Hansen’s career as a music marketing specialist. With three Grammy award-winning campaigns to her credit, Hansen has also contributed to the legacy of two of history’s most popular songs. “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams is the most-broadcast instrumental tune in history; and “Louie, Louie” by The Fabulous Wailers is the most-recorded rock song in history. In 2009 Hansen launched the unique music platform Scout66 to encourage reviews of live shows from the ticket-buying public. You may contact Janet at Scout66PR@gmail.com for information on consulting, campaigns, and tour support. Please follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/scout66com
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One Response to Tingstad Fans, Let’s Posse Up!

  1. Congrats on 28 years of letting people know about the good stuff !

    Luv ya lots … ET

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