This piece was written by Ronda's daughter, Charlene Gilstrap, when she was 12 years old. She was 14 at the time of the recording and plays piano on this recording. The piece was inspired by a dear friend and fellow musician, Harriet "Emilie" Erwin who was the founder of the Tule River Ensemble, a Celtic ensemble from central California. After many years of following her passion for music, Harriet was diagnosed with Lyme disease. It was heartbreaking to watch this dear friend go from being so active to being wheelchair bound and crippled from this horrible disease. Throughout all of it, Harriet maintained a wonderful attitude that was inspirational to those around her. She passed away in December of 2012.
This haunting piece is written in a lyrical Celtic folk style and evokes a feeling of reflection, sadness, and beauty.
|Ronda with the Tule River Ensemble in 2001. Harriet "Emilie" Erwin stands in back row next to Ronda.|