ha! insignificant, indeed!
i'll tell you the story behind this one...
in west virginia,
there is a river called the Gauley river. the upper gauley has white water rapids that are world class.
High volume, only runs in september and october, because it's an earthen dam release.
Class III to Class V.
you need to be experienced to do this river, the consequences are anything but insignificant.
so the wifey and I did the Gauley some years back, and we had a guide, who went by the name 'gonzo'. she was very experienced, a good guide.
there is a section of white water with a Class V rapid called 'Insignificant', and this particular rapid requires an extremely aggressive approach; there is a 'hyrdraulic' at the beginning that is basically a great big hole and it wants to suck your raft down in it....if you don't have the speed up, you can fold the raft.
we had 2 couples that were completely inexperienced in the raft, who had lied about their ability level.
when it came time to charge the rapid, their pulling (hard rowing) fell apart, and the next thing i knew, we lost both the guide, and my wife, down into the hole as the raft bent in half...
i had my feet wedged proper, so i could immediately bend over the side and reach down in the water, i found one set of floatation gear straps; it was the guide.
my wife had gone down into the hole, about 15 feet deep, and didn't come up until she was spit out about 12 yards down stream. again, this is a Class V rapid, one you do not want to swim.
but swim it she did. and did NOT lose her paddle!! which was heroic on it's own...
i pulled the guide into the raft, and she immediately swung the raft backwards, and we headed after my wife as fast as we could.
the guide did everything in her power to catch up, and we did, but by then the rapid was done. Wifey was fine, just a bit spooked, and the guide read the riot act to the 4 people who did not paddle and follow directions, so it was a weird situation...
but the guide, my wife and i more or less bonded over this precarious situation, and we ended have a great time for the rest of the trip (several hours).
this song, is a sonic representation of how wild, and at the same time, mellow, this experience was.
when i wrote it, i had mapped out the song in chronological time, to match the time we prepared when we got there, the put-in, the first few rapids, then the approach to Insignificant, then the raft collapse and the ride thru the rapid, the chase to get her back, the big sigh of relief, the re-grouping of the raft team, finishing the rapids and the time afterwards to reflect.
so each change of the arrangement is basically telling the story as i told it above.