Witch Creek Rhapsody by James Bishop, Green Dot Journey Competition Winner

From learning how to swim and surf in the Pacific to taking family road trips down Highway 1, the Golden State’s scenic splendor indelibly marks James Bishop’s work: “This is not only a place of beauty for me, but also a place of creation. I see it in the artistry of the sky… I feel it every time I am immersed in that huge mass of water—vast, beautiful, and commanding of respect. I see that same creativity and beauty in the variety of the vastly diverse landscapes surrounding me—an ocean to my left, rolling hills to my right, mountains in front of me, deserts behind me, woodlands, farmlands, flat plains, towering peaks all around me.”

Bishop graduated in Music Composition at Point Loma Nazarene University under the direction of Dr. Victor Labenske, and he drew upon his many fond memories growing up in Poway, California, while writing Witch Creek Rhapsody. His current endeavors include composing music for the film industry and composing and recording a full-length album on the trail called We Go Together, from his PCT thru-hike experience. James is currently based out of San Diego, CA. Website