Pigments from the studio of Gustave Baumann, Santa Fe, New Mexico

American Sketchbook


In Canyon Country

Interstate Travelogue



Imagine a sunrise over the canyon rim . . . as the west wind whispers, the glory of the day unfolds. Music and lyrics created 2012 and recorded at the Crossroads Studio, Lubbock, with the help of a few friends.

Quick pen sketches in journals, during travels across the country from Cape Hatteras to the Golden Gate, the Appalachian Trail to New England

An eleven-part newspaper series exploring the history of US Interstate 40, 2,554 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina, to Barstow, California, and the towns, people, and sights along the way




Come Home Safe Michael (mp3) (pdf)

Lyrics & arrangements • Feel free to perform and share these songs in non-commercial settings, with attribution • In commercial settings, rights managed by ASCAP




A Grand and Glorious LandListen >> mp3  >> wav
Sheet music >>pdf, in F >>pdf, in Eb
At the Corner of Buddy Holly (And Mac Davis Lane) Sheet music, in C (pdf) Chart, in C (pdf) (YouTube, with Susan Grisanti at La Diosa, Lubbock Music Fest 2012)At Home in Nature's House (A Song for the National Parks)(wav) Sheet music, in F (pdf) Chart, in G (pdf)Come Home Safe MichaelCome Home Safe Michael (mp3) Sheet music (pdf)Ferry the River (wav) (pdf)(wav) Sheet music (pdf)In Canyon Country(wav) (pdf) Piano/vocals: Barbara Brannon; guitar/bass: David SpearsKickin' Back (On the North End)(mp3) (pdf) (accompaniment mp3) Vocals, keyboard, and GarageBand magic: Barbara Brannon; scoring: Rick HefnerMonster Lullaby (pdf) (wav)Monster Lullaby (pdf) (wav)Nifty Fifty Birthday BluesNifty Fifty Birthday Blues (mp3) (pdf) Vocals: Barbara Brannon; guitar: Susan GrisantiOne Light Through Many WindowsSheet music (arr. Jason Shelton)Prayer for the Winter Solstice (pdf) (mp3)Download sheet musicRed Hawk in the Sky / Fe'lark in the Grass (pdf)Download sheet musicSan Antonio BluesSheet music (pdf) (YouTube, with Susan Grisanti at La Diosa, Lubbock Music Fest 2012)Welcome to This Wondrous World   Sheet music (pdf) (YouTube, with Susan Grisanti at La Diosa, Lubbock Music Fest 2012)

Sketches, photographs, paintings • Graphic design, logo design, publication design





The Great US 83 Whistle-Stop Tour blog, fall 2015

•ᅠFrom the top to the tip of Texas, Day 1

Slipping, sliding, and shopping: Small Business Saturday

An icy Sunday wonderland in Caprock Canyon country

PHOTOS   Floydada and Matador, Texas


•ᅠWine, history, and dance, along Texas's longest highway

PHOTOS   Childress, •  Paducah •  Guthrie  •  Aspermont  •  Hamlin  •  Radium,  •  Anson


Bibles, Boots, and Beef in the Big Country


Abilene, Texas  •  James Leddy Boots

Abilene downtown  •  H. V. Chapman Bookbinders  •  Bible Hardware  •  Abilene Courts


A Warm Welcome on a Gray Day: Winters to Ballinger


Winters •  Paint Rock  •  Eden  •  Ballinger


US 83 through the Texas Hill Country to Junction

PHOTOS  Menard  •  Junction


US 83 through Uvalde and the Texas Brush Country


Leakey  •  Uvalde   •  Crystal City  •  Carrizo Springs  •  Asherton  •  Catarina


Laredo’s bridges, and a bit of birthday bliss on the border

•  Chile, chorizo, and other comidas and culinary treats in Laredo

PHOTOS  Laredo  •  Laredo: CaminArte





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The Paragraph Ranch series (with Kay Ellington)












Easter Comes to Tom Green County (pdf)

Our Garden (pdf)

Atlas (pdf)



• On Roan Mountain

• “China’s Soong Sisters at Wesleyan,” Wesleyan Magazine, Fall 1997

• “Life and Death on a Barrier Island,” Wesleyan Magazine, Fall 1997



Lubbock Magazine

• “The Clovis Connection: The Norman Petty Recording Studio,” Jan./Feb. 2009

• “Roads, Rails, and Spanish Trails to Santa Fe,” Aug./Sept. 2008


Wilmington Magazine

The Magazine for Cape Fear Living

• “Serenity on South Second Street,” architectural feature, Winter 2005

• “Where Dreams Come Home,” architectural feature, Wilmington Magazine, Fall 2005

• “Masters of Invention,” Spring 2005

• “Unveiling the History and Architecture of Oak Island,” architectural feature, Summer 2005

• “Riverfront Restoration: What Began As a Blank Canvas Has Now Become a Masterpiece,” architectural feature, Winter 2004/2005

• “Home Is Where the Art Is,” (with Josh Shaffer), Winter 2004/2005

• “Good Company” and “What to Name the Dinghy: Boat Names on Wilmington Waters,”

September 2004

• “Giving Back,” series of profiles in philanthropy, Summer 2004



• Atlanta's Impressionism exhibit elicits high spirits, 1998 (pdf)

• Elizabeth Catlett: Works on Paper, 1944-1922, 1999 (pdf)




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