“Stairwell to Heaven” by Snow Maiden
Well, the city is slowly getting back to normal after a weekend of being ravaged by mother nature. After hours of back breaking shoveling, braving the treacherous roads and in some cases days of darkness and cold due to power outages, we have emerged all the stronger for it. That being said, the snowstorm wasn’t all bad. It did force me to stay home, relax and catch up on some long overdue RPM listening. After two years of “meaning to get around to it,” I finally had the chance to sit down and listen to today’s track from start to finish.
“Stairwell to Heaven” is a 1 hour and 18 minute banjo and fiddle improvisation performed by Andrew Ross (of Sherman Downey & The Ambiguous Case) and Daniel Payne, who is best known for his work as a traditional folk musician. This collaboration was recorded and submitted as part of the 2011 RPM Challenge under the moniker Snow Maiden with some of the craziest album artwork I’ve ever seen. The song seemingly goes on forever and is both beautiful yet a challenge to endure at times. But much like this storm we just experienced, you’ll come out the other side all the better for it. Enjoy!