This past weekend, I took a break from everything and relaxed on the patio with a book of Hemingway short stories and a glass of Long Island iced tea. After reading The Snows of Kilimanjaro (my favorite, I think), I did just a modest bit of online research on the mountain itself... just curiosity.
Although I had read some time before that the glacier field atop Kilimanjaro was disappearing, I didn't realize at what an alarming rate it was doing so. Apparently, the entire glacier will be gone by 2012 (the result of either global warming or the warming of the mountain itself from imminent eruption), tremendously endangering the livelihood of the many farming tribes and villages surrounding the mountain. Sadly, we are about to lose one of nature's spectacular iconic beauties -- with potentially disastrous results.
As the weekend wound down, I was just playing around with some GPO sounds I hadn't yet used, and put together a very quick, short piece with the fate of the mountain and the region very firmly sitting in the back of my mind.
This is A Prayer for Kilimanjaro.
(GPO English Horn, strings, harp, mallet perc., bass flute, JABB accordian and a Korg Wavestation pad).
Thanks for listening.