Into the West
by Ron Christopher
Originally, there were only eleven songs slated for this album. In the final weeks of completion, the mixing and mastering, artwork and photo design I received the tragic news that we had lost Sarah Sweetwater. Like everyone who knew her I was overwhelmed with grief. I did not intend to write a song for her... I didn't even think I had time much less record it and get it onto this album. How do you put the accomplishments of her lifetime into a four minute song?
But if anyone epitomized the theme of this album (Into the West), it was Sarah. I admit, I didn't feel equal to the task. A few days later, I found myself writing what would be the chorus. However, each time I tried to complete the song, I would stop for fear that it might not be good enough. I would look at her photograph and her contagious smile and I could hear her saying "Do it!" I could not deny her.
And so, with much love and the deepest respect Sarah, your song is the final song on this album!