Sunday, September 29, 2013
Before Neverland... There was Caribou Ranch
"You can just see Neverland happening," a good friend of mine said...
And yeah... She's right, because just outside Nederland, Colorado, near Boulder and Denver, Caribou Ranch sits serenely at 8,500 feet in a private valley surrounded by alpine peaks. It is stunning, it is peaceful, it is a refuge…and there is definitely music in the air.
In the late 1960s, owner Jim Guercio was a young musician and entrepreneur in the entertainment business. He was looking at ranches throughout the West where he could build a music studio. In 1971, Jim purchased the Caribou Ranch with a vision to transform the recording industry. Guercio wanted a place where he could live and where he could provide lodging, recreational facilities and a state of the art recording studio for producing records and hosting the biggest names in rock and roll – a place where artistry would flourish and history could be made. And that is exactly what he created.
For the next decade, legends in the music business came to work, to play, to ignite their creative process, and to make records, including Michael Jackson, who was there during the production of Thriller.
We all know what happened in regard to Thriller, but I am just wondering if he also found an inspirational seed of a different kind at Caribou Ranch? An idea of how he wanted his future home to be?
I think so.