My name is Andy Reiner and I am the skiing fiddler.
This video features me skiing top to bottom at Silverton Mountain in Colorado in April, 2013. This video represents the realization of a dream. Dreams mashed together. A life where anything is possible and ideas that seem far fetched are possible with some bold moves and friends.
The music is “There’s Music All Around,” which I wrote while driving on i-90 in Montana. I played this song at all my concerts and recorded this song while still on tour (and thousands of miles later) at the Birdhouse in NJ. On this recording, I’m singing and playing 5-string fiddle and octave mandolin. Lyrics are posted below and I’m really psyched because I care so much about the subject matter: there is music all around us, all the time; all we must do is listen.
Yes, that is my fiddle case flapping around behind me. Yes, I will be strapping it to my backpack with more straps next time. No, that is not my primary fiddle. Yes, I got tired of being asked “so your fiddling while skiing?!” and not being able to answer with a definitive “yes.”
Jacob Parchinski, the first person to ride every unguided day in a season at Silverton, shot video from 2 cameras while snowboarding, narrowly missing a tree (see video) so thank you for being totally onboard with the whole process and carrying my poles! Without him this evidence would not exist!
I have June Crosby in SLC to thank for the “beater” fiddle and I look forward to taking it to many more mountains and campsites! Thanks to Jess Wegert in Silverton for the hospitality and the shoulder rest leash, and the rest of the mountain crew for letting me do this! Also a big thanks to my parents Dave Reiner and Cynthia Eid for instilling a love for skiing and fiddling in me from an early age. As I was editing this video, I reflected back on when I was 11 years old and witnessed Mark O’Connor playing fiddle while skateboarding at his camp in Tennessee.
Silverton Mountain was truly the coolest and most fun place I could ever hope for to try fiddling and skiing together for the first time. Best ski “resort” vibe out there. I’m psyched to use my season pass there next year in 2014!
There’s Music All Around
by Andy Reiner
listen to the wind flow
all around you every day
in the distance, up above
a bird so far away
if you got an ear, see what you hear
tune into the sound
if you’re aware and if you care
there’s music all around
sound waves flying by
never quite the same
if you don’t hear them dancing by
you’ve got yourself to blame
pull your earbuds out and close your eyes
just give it a chance
when you hear the bear coming round the bend
you’ll keep more than your pants
trees rustle and crickets chirp
leaves crunch under your shoes
together, it’s a symphony
nature’s got the blues
all the people in the world sing
and dance to their own song
if we listened close enough
maybe we’d get along