I wrote Snakeskin (verso) for Craig after traveling to Iowa to work with him on the piece. Along with Craig’s invaluable input, the piece owes quite a bit to the region. I worked out most of the structure while sitting on a hop-covered patio at a brewery in downtown Decorah. And the title was inspired by visits to Effigy Mounds National Monument in Harpers Ferry, Iowa and Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Illinois.
It’s nice to see that some of my previous Badstar collaborators, Charles Nichols and Zach Duer, also have a piece on the program.