So, as most of you probably know, I don’t ski…Well, I didn’t ski. Now, I’m trying. I’ve spent much of the last week attempting cross-country skiing and yesterday I spent the day trying to remember how to downhill ski. Yes, I spent the first 25.5 years of my life in Montana NOT SKIING. I know this sounds crazy but there are others out there like me. But, I’ve spent some time trying it out and attempting to understand why everyone likes it so much. I get it. I don’t know if I’ll ever “get it” the way most avid skiers do because I’m not an adrenaline junkie and I don’t have a need for speed but, I sure have started to appreciate winter more in the last couple years. Before my friends started taking me out ice climbing, downhill skiing and cross-country skiing, I just looked at the snow and appreciated it’s beauty but now I’ve found that I like actually playing in it!
Anyway, the entire point of this post is to connect the local band, Ranges, with my stunning winter day yesterday. One of my girlfriends spent the entire day skiing greens with me up at Big Sky and I by the end of the day I was starting to feel pretty OK! As we got back into Bozeman, the gentlest, fluffiest snow started to fall and “Antares” off of their sophomore album,’Solar Mansions’, came on. I could not ask anyone to have composed a more perfect piece to summarize the sound, sight and ambiance of the snow falling. Ranges’ music is reflective, simple on the ear but complex in composition and a soundtrack to nature. Ranges is CJ Blessum, Mark Levy and Wilson Raska of Bozeman.
‘Solar Mansions’ was premiered this summer at the Museum of the Rockies in the Taylor Planetarium. Part of the entire experience was that visuals, scenes from “Planet Earth”, were paired perfectly with every rise and fall in the music. The song would build slowly while an under-sea scene was displayed above you in the planetarium: vibrant schools of fish, manta rays and coral. Then, as the song reached its peak, a shark whale engulfed the screen with it’s speckled body and it felt as if you really were hovering below this incredible creature.
I apologize for this being such a long post but I think everyone has a place in their lives for this music. And, support these fellows. They are a group of hardworking, talented and creative beings. Their new EP, ‘Bonhoeffer’, was just released this past December as well. You can purchase all of their music on Bandcamp.