Track 33 Going to Sedona


Recording and Mixing Dates: Recorded July 31 and August 6, 2016. Mixed August 6, 2016.



Genesis: I wrote this song almost 10 years ago to this day. In 2006, I attended my first Kingston Trio Fantasy Camp in Scottsdale, Arizona. I didn’t participate as a camper who got up on stage with former Kingston Trio members John Stewart and Nick Reynolds. Rather, I hung out at the hospitality suite and spent days and long nights jamming with other folk musicians. I was blown away by the experience. (Theresa and I just returned from this year’s camp, where we reconnected with many friends and made a few new ones.)

I overheard a member of John Stewart’s band mention that after camp he was heading to Sedona to relax and clear his mind. For some reason that triggered an idea for a song about a place I had never visited. I came up with the tune and the chorus lines the next day. Later in August I learned more about Sedona and completed the first of seven versions of the lyrics. The final version was completed on July 31 of this year.

I tinkered with the arrangement again and again but never settled on something that made sense. Two weeks ago I found what I was looking for.

Several years ago, Theresa and I got the chance to visit Sedona. It is a spectacular place with a thriving arts community. Our camp buddy, Fran Jackson, has a wonderful vacation rental property. One of these days we plan to go back and stay awhile.

Production: Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Baritone Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, String Quartet.


Going to Sedona

 Too many shadows falling

On the city tonight

From the looks of things

I finally lost my way

I’m hearing from

Far too many voices

And I can’t make out

What they’re trying hard to say


Going to Sedona

Going to Sedona

Going to Sedona

To see my way clear


The desert winds at daybreak

They will cleanse me

And the red, red rock

Will paint my faded heart

I’ll walk the dusty mesas

And the canyon trails.

And listen for

My demons to depart



The road rises up

As I keep driving

While the temperature

Slowly starts to slide.

Somewhere in these

Higher elevations

I’ll search for things

I’ve done my best to hide.


Copyright 2016 Fred Grittner All Rights Reserved.

Track 33 Going to Sedona

4 thoughts on “Track 33 Going to Sedona

    1. Fred Grittner says:

      Thanks. First time I have used a string quartet. I liked how it worked on this song. As for the fade out, it suggests that the driver is still on his way to Sedona….


  1. Fran Jackson says:

    Fred, I always love your music, but my heart resonates especially to Going to Sedona. In true poet’s fashion, you have grasped the essence of what a trip to Sedona brings the visitor. The clear light, crystal clean air and the saturated colors of blue sky, red rocks and green juniper meld to clear one’s vision and spirit. You have caught the gift Sedona gives its weary searchers with perfect clarity.


  2. Alf S says:

    Hello Fred,
    Wonderful evocative lyrics – almost gave me the feeling of a zen koan. And a great melody that I felt somehow reflected the mental state of the “I” in the lyrics – and I loved the strings! I always wondered what a Fred Grittner chill-out track would sound like, and now I know 😄


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