Introducing the Montezuma Aerial Tramline & Riding the High Wire (2016)
Our owner and sourdough pasta inventor Silvio, has a penchant for history. An avid hiker, Silvio discovered the remains of the Montezuma tram in 2015 and undertook a project to re-build the tram, salvaging the original components. This tram endured both forest fire and avalanche, and as a result had a very short lifespan in the early 1900s.
The mining company who commissioned the line went bankrupt and did not restore the tram to use after the avalanche. Silvio’s strong interest in the local history motivated him to rebuild the tram and preserve some of the story of the local landscape.
Riding the High Wire is a song co-composed and produced by Silvio in collaboration with local artist Sean Rodman (see bio below) and his band, Red Eyed Soul. It tells the story of a miner’s day of work, riding the high wire (the tram), trying to build a fortune from mining.
This video benefited from Louis Bockner’s production skills. Louis was born and raised in Argenta, BC (north of Kaslo). He has diplomas from the New York Institute of Photography and the Western Academy of Photography in professional photography, journalism, and photojournalism. He has spent several years working as a portrait and festival photographer in the West Kootenays with his business, Eye of the Mind.
The Sourdough Trilogy
These three songs were lovingly created by a combination of Sean Rodman and owner, Kaslo Sourdough Silvio Lettrari. We hope that you enjoy this story of the sourdough.
Song #1: The Sourdough Trail
Lyrics: I watched you rise above them all When you planted seeds in the spring and harvested in fall When wheat was, worth its weights in gold You stored them through winter, and survived the cold Well, I was there when you let your struggles go Stopped searching for your food, your nourishment you'd grow With the flour that you came to know I became your bread and butter, I am your sourdough So let it rise all night Let it ferment into gold You know history was right To feed body and mind with this food for the soul Well I was there when Pharaoh cracked the whips I gave strength to all the slaves that built the pyramids And I traveled the world, and I dined with them all From the peasants by the fire to great kinds in their halls I fuelled the Romans when they conquered all the land The French Revolution hit so hard when I was in demand And I sailed across the sea, to the new world there And the wind across the prairies was the wind in my hair So let it rise all night Let it ferment into gold If you want to eat right, It's what took us this far, so the story is told But I never was a valued as the gold that you would seek Like the Yukon trail and the holy-grail the mind's of men are weak When you found a way to cut down on the cost With a quick rise bread that quickly spread and the legend was lost And the years have come and gone, And the dead breads of today, are treating us all wrong When you turned your back on the ways of the past The problems, are gonna catch up with you fast So let it rise all night Let it ferment into gold Where the future is bright We've learned from the past, now the secrets unfold Long live, the sourdough Long life, to those who know Like wheat kinds, from long ago, Long live, the sourdough
Song #2: Sourdough Culture
Song#3: I am a Kaslo Sourdough