Prairie Music

The Artist in Residence program at Badlands National Park was founded in 1996 and is open to all professional artists who are US citizens.Writers, composers and all visual and performing artists are invited to interpret this wind-swept environment through their work. The program provides time for artists to get away from every day responsibilities to focus on their surroundings and their medium while interpreting the unique themes of Badlands National Park. Artists will translate the meanings and significance (themes) of Badlands National Park into words art. 
Here is a blog from my time as an artist in residence in the Badlands National Park in September of 2020: 
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1 month ago
Symphony Sunday

"Back from the Badlands Broadcast" Please join me, William Neil, your host for the next Symphony Sunday program tomorrow, October 4th from 9AM to 12PM (4PM CET) I will share some of my experiences ... See more

1 month ago
SRRS | Retirement Planning | Investing | Financial Planning La Crosse

Here's to the marvelous team at my business that allowed me to take this one month sabbatical. Thank you Allison and Erin! https://srretirementstrategies.com/

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1 month ago
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A Cloudless Sky (All over the sky a sacred voice is calling)

“Every composition is a crisis in my life.” Elliott Carter So, true and here is my “situation room” to prove it. One more ... See more

1 month ago

Deep Listening.

Yesterday I had an opportunity to present virtually, my talk, Deep Listening in Nature to a class of 4th and 5th graders at the Kadoka Elementary School. I was able to share ... See more

1 month ago
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The Mystic Chords of Memory. Geology just might be the cure for mysticism. I now look at found rocks not only as possible mystic tokens but ciphers in the code language of the record of time, time ... See more

1 month ago

The buffalo in the park are growing in numbers. The NPS cull them and distribute them to other parks and grasslands to strengthen herds. You often see old bulls roaming on their own like this one. ... See more

1 month ago
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Quiet places in nature: the antithesis of modern, post-industrial life clamor. Nature has a quiet time when the day or night is at its pivot point or weather is calm. Add to that a naturally ... See more

2 months ago
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Ed, a Park Ranger and Geologist, drove me out on Conato Road that cuts through the Buffalo Gap Grassland south of the Badlands National Park and showed me the old ghost town of Conato. There was ... See more

2 months ago

Navajo Wind Chant: Remember what you have seen because everything forgotten returns to the circling winds. 


The awesome power of the weather in the high plains is very evident in the Badlands. ... See more

2 months ago
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While I am in the Badlands National Park, I will be searching for quiet places and posting those locations on this page. I must admit, I was a little discouraged when on the first day in the park I ... See more

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