April 9, 2017

Where the Columbines Grow

As a Constitutional Scholar, I'm a good guitar player. As a guitar player, well, I got some scholarly love for my playing this weekend. Rob Natelson [Review Corner]:

Regular readers of this column know that about a year and a half ago, the Independence Institute published my paper telling the story of the Colorado state song. The paper was called Reclaiming the Centennial State's Centennial Song: The Facts About "Where the Columbines Grow."


Musician John Kranz read the paper and recorded a guitar version for the LiveAtTheCoffeehouse.com website. You can listen to it here.

The new version covers only the first of the song's three verses, but it adds an creative guitar introduction. By listening to the intro, you get a sense of how the harmonics are more complicated than those of the typical state song.

Shameless Self Promotion Posted by John Kranz at April 9, 2017 6:28 PM

Excellent! And Beautiful.

Posted by: Terri Goon at April 10, 2017 11:16 AM


In case you're wondering... yes, I would have sat through all three verses.

Posted by: johngalt at April 10, 2017 3:04 PM

Thanks! I did this for the tunes' Centenary in late 2015. It has come back up because I asked Justin to pass on a link to Natelson.

As I recall, at least one of the verses had some pretty un-PC lyrics about indigenous Americans. Maybe I'll do a Directors' Cut someday...

Posted by: jk at April 10, 2017 5:40 PM | What do you think? [3]