This piece was written, recorded and released previously in two parts on the album “One To The Heart, One To The Head”, by Gretchen Peters with Tom Russell. Just before we recorded that album, Tom asked me to write an atmospheric piece to open the album. I had just watched the movie “Something about Schmidt”, starring Jack Nicholson, with a great soundtrack that included Erik Satie’s music . A large part of the film was shot on the Northern High Plains in between Minnesota and Denver. The starkness of the landscape was in my mind as I wrote this piece, and North Platte, both the town and the river, captured in two words exactly what I was seeing and hearing.