FROM HERE TO JUBILEE HOLD A TORCH UP IN THE SHADOWS OF FAME GOSPEL BRIDGE SILLY/SLY SONGS DA WRAG


Early Songs

Have you ever been anywhere near a volcano? I'm standing near the top of Mt. Mingus, in north central Arizona. It's about October, 1988. Behind me is the Black Mountains range, which forms the southern side of the valley named after the Verde (green) River. The National Park System and/or the Forest service maintains the visitable ground I'm standing on. The eerie thing about this place is the Pumice stone. Strewn all over the place - in size, as big as a small boulder all the way down to pieces you can hold in your hand. In fact, Mt. Mingus is one of three prominences left after a huge Mt. St. Helens kind of eruption left a caldera of an ancient volcano. This volcano is now believed to be extinct. US 89-A goes right up through the caldera on its path down the southwest side of the mountains to Prescott. So many visitors were taking pieces of pumice stone that the Park Service had to erect a sign saying that removing any of the pumice pieces is illegal. One thing for sure, you get an awesome, palpable impression of the terrific chthonic forces at work in and on this planet Earth!

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