Colorado Springs native musician Chuck Snow put pen to paper and plectrum to guitar strings in the midst of the Waldo Canyon Fire and the result was one great song: Whichever Way the Wind Blows. You can download the song at and all proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. The images in this video were all taken by local photographer Bryan Oller who chronicled the Waldo Canyon Fire from its first smoke plume. Oller, along with other local photographers has established the Hope Photography Project which is aiming to help those that lost family portraits in the devastating wildfires,


14 Responses to A Waldo Canyon Fire Retrospective: Whichever Way the Wind Blows

  1. Jennifer says:


  2. Martino Mendine says:

    Heart-breaking yet inspirational !

  3. Nancy Atherton says:

    Any chance of posting the lyrics?

  4. cathy says:

    your old pals at Murphy’s say thankyou……Together, we will be stronger.

  5. Chuck Snow says:

    “Whichever Way The Wind Blows”

    Heavenly light shine down on me
    down here it’s too dark to see
    my whole world is burning and I’ve only my soul
    to carry me through whichever way the wind blows

    these four walls never made a home
    the land and the sky they are not ours to own
    everything precious is what you can hold
    deep in your heart whichever way the wind blows

    So hold fast and don’t let go
    this too will pass
    though the time may pass slow
    but we’ll see it together
    some day made whole
    forever changed whichever way the wind blows
    © 2012 BMI

  6. Mike says:

    Truly inspired, truly inspirational. Well done on so many levels. Thanks.

  7. susan leek says:

    I wondered how artists and musicians and poets and writers would express ther feelings about this fire and how it deeply effected them. This song is so beautiful. Very well expressed!!

  8. Jane says:

    Chuck, Bryan and Craig, this is just stunning, and incredibly moving. Thank you all.

  9. Warren Epstein says:

    Amazing work. Made me teary eyed. My only suggestion is that I’d like to see more firefighters.

  10. Janet says:

    Amazing and so beautiful. Thank you!

  11. Nancy Atherton says:

    Beautiful. Thank you.

    • Sylvia Hall says:

      I was trying to find out how you were, Nancy, and happened upon your comment. I listened to the song too and it touched my heart. Tragedy brings out some of the best and worst in people, but mostly the best. Glad you are ok and hope your home was spared. I’ll be thinking of you all in Colorado.

  12. Julianne says:

    Thank you for the beautiful retrospective. So proud of our wonderful community and our brave citizens. Let the healing begin!

  13. Karin says:

    Thank you.


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