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Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita took us on a stunning, cinematic journey

Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita took us on a stunning, cinematic journey

When Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ ‘As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls’ arrived in May 1981, it sounded like nothing else in my record collection.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Eighteen” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Eighteen” (1981)

Metheny’s ultimate road trip song, this one always makes me feel like I’ve just escaped something.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Au Lait” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Au Lait” (1981)

Each song on ‘Offramp’ is so different from the next, and yet it all hangs together.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Are You Going With Me?” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Are You Going With Me?” (1981)

This song has become The Anthem at live shows.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Estupenda Graca” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Estupenda Graca” (1981)

“Estupenda Graca” is a rare entry in the Metheny catalog in that the title, Portuguese for “Stupendous Grace,” actually matches the mood of the song.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “September Fifteenth” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “September Fifteenth” (1981)

In interviews, I’ve seen Lyle Mays speak of how music has it’s own “language and syntax.” He wasn’t necessarily talking about music’s technicalities — harmony, melody, and the like.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Ozark” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Ozark” (1981)

Unlike a lot of American kids, I was not forced into taking piano lessons. I was more of a stringed instruments guy, first with the violin and then the guitar.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls” (1981)

I don’t know about the rest of the Pat Metheny fan base, but I was pretty much unprepared for what As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls had to offer.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Daybreak” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Daybreak” (1979)

At first, you might think that New Chautauqua was going to fade out in a series of simple reveries. I would have been fine with that, because that set of ringing arpeggios have that kind of searching quality

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Hermitage” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Hermitage” (1979)

For many years, I longed for those early Pat Metheny concerts, when “Phase Dance” was always played. OK, I still do, but there have been a few instances where the song has popped up

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