8. Valley of the Moon

Between the darkness and the light

Between the darkness and the light

This song was written before the Thomas fire, which ravaged the surrounding areas of Ventura county and scorched a complete circle around our little town of Ojai. The words “coming down that hill to the valley below” ran through my mind when my family and I evacuated on the night of Dec 8th, 2017 driving close to flames to escape town.

We were fortunate. After a month of being evacuated we were able to move back in relatively unscathed. Other friends were not so lucky.

In the aftermath I have seen the fire bring together the community in a remarkable way, especially through music.


GUITARS, BASS, MELODICA, PERCUSSION: Scott Hirsch DRUMS, 12 STRING GUITAR: Mike Coykendall


Valley of the moon
In the pitch-black night
The space between
The darkness and the light

He’ll be waiting there
A man of constant sorrow
While the people wait
For another tomorrow

Won’t you sing to me?
A wistful tune
Keep us together
Valley of the moon

When you preach hate
You’ll reap what you sow
Coming down the hill
To the valley below

Valley of the moon
In the darkness of night
You will find him there
He calls himself daylight

Won’t you sing to me?
In a minor key
Valley of the moon
Set your people free