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Lost Alamos: Bio

People wonder why we chose the name "lost Alamos." It's, of course, derived in a playful way from "Los Alamos," about which, our good friend, Dr. Will Bledsoe, writes:

"In New Mexico, “los Alamos” has a particularly special meaning. When Coronado came through NM in search of the 7 cities of gold (Cibolla) he/they reflected that NM reminded them of the Holy Land. The landscape, altitude (which made the sky “so close you could touch it”, expansive views, mesas, and the trees (juniper (cedar), piñon, and especially the cottonwoods (los Alamos)) reminded them of both Jerusalem and the Estremadura region of Spain.

Both he and Onate (1549) remarked that “los alamos” (which came to refer specifically to the cottonwoods that grew along the banks of the Rio Grande and “along the sides of arroyo secos” (dry riverbeds) were the “oases” of NM. They remarked that los Alamos grew tall where there was no water. In los Alamos is where the wildlife found refuge from the high desert. “en los Alamos nos encontramos muchas pajaritos de colores y canciones” In the cottonwoods we found many birds of color and songs. Western Tanagers, goldfinches and yellow warblers are the birds they were referring to that “have color and sing.”"

But what have we lost in those nearly five hundred years? What indeed? Our name plays with the question, I play with the themes in my lyrics, and Vicki and I play the music as we play out our lives together in and as art.

We are people of the high desert, where prickly pear and yucca grow in the red soil at the edge of the pine forests. We are deeply in love with each other and with nature and we hope that you find that love in our music. May you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it.

Brian Daniell
Vicki Bynum
April 2009