What Kind of Banjo
Do I Want?
Fretted Instruments Whatever Happened
to the Banjo?
Circle of Fifths
How to Give
Wannabe? Did God Really
Give Rock &
Roll to You?
The Story Behind
the Story - Real
About the Play
Creek Don't Rise™ is an informal project to celebrate and commemorate the music and culture of the American Heartland. The biggest part of this project so far has been developing a two-act musical called If the Creek Don't Rise. That play commemorates the building of the National Road, the Dayton Flood, the Wright Brothers' experiments, and many other important historical events and trends of the modern Midwest. It also celebrates the music of twelve generations of explorers, pioneers, builders, and inventors who built the heart and backbone of the nation.
Update for April, 2012 - Because we kept running out of space on our old server, we have moved to a new server. This will give us room to add all the new features and sections we are planning (see the next note below for a preview).
The fun part of this is that no matter how carefully you prepare for the move, you will always wind up with some broken links or SOMETHING. IF you spot any problems or have any suggestions, or just want to say "Hi," please contact us.
New for 2012! In addition to information about our play and the history it celebrates (available from the links in the left margin), we are happy to present three brand new sections:
Other planned projects include:
Also for more information about what's been going on recently, as well as our near-term plans, please check out our What's New? page.
In the immortal words of Joni Mitchell, "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got 'till it's gone." Not that the American Midwest is Paradise, but it is more than a place that folks on either coast have to fly over to get to the other coast. And we want to document and celebrate the things that have made this place different from any other place, while there are still folks who know the difference.
Much more information about our play and about our little piece of the heartland is available from the links in the left margin.
Music Samples from the Play:
At the moment, Creek Don't Rise™ is operating as a part of Breakthrough Communications™, the communication company started by writer and musician Paul Race in 1995. We are not a non-profit agency, although Paul and other individuals affiliated with Creek Don't Rise™ have worked with non-profit regional educational, musical, and theatrical agencies for many years. We may spin off all or part of this effort into a non-profit corporation, however, if there is enough interest.
If you are interested in contributing content, sponsoring a concert, or sponsoring a reading or production of the play, please contact us for more detailed information, for reading copies of the script, song demos, etc.
All material, illustrations, and content of this web site is copyrighted © 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 by Paul D. Race. All rights reserved.
For questions, comments, suggestions, trouble reports, etc. about this play or about this web page, please contact us.