a river runs through me was written during my year as Composer-In-Residence with the Arizona State University Wind Ensemble. The piece is inspired by the San Marcos River, a spring-fed river which begins in San Marcos, Texas. I lived near the headwaters for a few years, and swam there often. Through the wind ensemble, I tried to depict my many overlapping experiences of the river, different aspects of it that flow through my memory. Some of these ideas include: sunlight glinting on water, rippling textures, a rush of multiple currents, letting things pass you by, and peaceful moments of stillness and suspension around river bends.