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Boulder Rags Sheet Music  

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Devil's Thumb is a residential area in southwest Boulde. It's not far from theNational Center for Atmospheric Research,

nextled up next to the "Greenbelt" area.  The name comes from a formation on one of the foothills on the west side of town. 

 looks like a thumb sticking up on the south side of that hill. I named this piece in honor of two friends (one has since died)

who live in that area of town.


 Greenbelt is the word that refers to an area on the west side of town in Boulder. It was established several decades ago to

designate an area on which building would be banned - to keep some open space where people could hike and enjoy

unobstructed nature.


 Flatirons Rag - There are three large rock formations close to each other on the west side of Boulder. They stand

sentinel over the town, and are an integral part of its identity. They have long been favored by hikers and climbers.


Spruce Street is one block north of the Pearl Street mall in downtown Boulder - it's not

unusual to see joggers or people hurrying to a lunch date or appointment with their therapist along that street.


Pearl Street is a focal point in downtown Boulder. Although it does extend on out to 55th Street, it is the

downtown section from about 7th St. to 20th St. where most of the shops and restaurants are found. The

mall - no cars allowed - runs from 11th to 15th Streets, and weekends there are  often the site of different

ethnic festivals, arts and crafts booths, etc. Street musicians are often performing there. It is a lively, fun place to be.


 Sugarloaf mountain is a few miles west of Boulder, and is home to quite a few hardy mountain people, as well

as hiking trails. Only a twenty minute drive from town, it's an easy commute. The views - both to the east and the 

 - from up there are magnificent.


 The Mall Strut – The pedestrian mall in Pearl Street in downtown Boulder was created in the mid-1970’s.

It has been a gathering place for many many arts and crafts exhibits, street musicians, tourists, ethnic festivals,

outdoor cafes, starting  and finishing points for the annual children’s run, called the Pearl Street Mile, etc. Except

in very bad weather, and in the middle of the night, you will usually find something going on there.


 North Boulder Rag - The University of Colorado is in the South-Central part of Boulder. When I was a student,

my live revolved around that part of town. Rarely did I ever venture as far away as north Boulder. It was almost

as if it were a different town. Through the years as Boulder has grown, north Boulder has also grown. Some of its

neighborhoods have the lowest crime rates in Boulder - hardly ever is there any vandalism or crime here. It's a

wonderful area for children. It has sports fields and a few shopping centers. It's not really very far from downtown.


  The reservoir is a few miles northeast of Boulder, and ever since it was first built -  I believe in the late 1950's -

it has been a favorite recreation spot for CU students as well as residents of Boulder of all ages. It has been part

of triathlons, and other events. The second theme in this piece I purposely made to resemble some old student

songs which were often sung around campfires on picnics in the


  RTD stands for "Regional Transportation District". It's our local bus system, which is one of the best around.

Anywhere you want to go in and around Boulder is accessible by bus, and the wait is usually not  very long.

They do a great job. This piece just sounds to me like a bus rolling down the road.hills when I was a in school.

The whole piece has a rather playful character.


  Mesa Trail is a lovely hike along the foothills just west of town. It runs from near the National Center for

Atmospheric Research up on a hill in South Boulder to the small ttown of Eldorado Springs (a favorite vacation

spot many years ago for Dwight and Mamir Eisenhower.)  I purposely set the tempo on this piece a little slower

than many of the others in this book......it's a walk and not a run.  And a leisurely walk at that - nobody is in

a hurry - they are enjoying the scenery and the smells of pine needles and the wildflowers off to the side of the path.


  The Hill Holler - Beginning on measure 30 of this piece, I picture a dialog between two groups. I remember

goin to sleep one night in the late 1960's seeing the flashing lights of police helicopters patrolling the "Hill" area next

to the University in Boulder. There was a standoff between merchants there and hippies who were blocking the

entrances to the stores. Those years were a  very unsettling time in this country, and that was reflected in what h

appened here. So I envisioned a dialog here - one measure being said by one group, and the next by the other.

Back and forth. 


Davidson Mesa Looking West There's a car pull-over area off the highway on the top of Davidson Mesa,  

and it is a breathtaking view - the city  of Boulder nestled below with the red-tiled roofs of the University

buildings and above, the stunning panorama of the 'back range'. There's usually some snow on them year round,

and many of those peaks are 14,00 or above. Almost always there are cars stopped at the turn-out taking pictures.


The front range is the western backdrop of the city of Boulder, and is also - if you travel up Boulder Canyon

to the west - the gateway to the back range. Those high peaks are quite a distance from town - one must drive

an hour and a helf or so to be up in them - but the front range is the start of the mountains, after the miles

and miles of flatlands on the Great Plains of our wonderful country.