One hundred years ago a young Los Angeles musician drove across the Arizona desert, multiple gas cans strapped to his jeep, to watch the sun rise over the Grand Canyon. Ferde Grofe was so bowled over by the mysterious experience, he vowed to translate it for others.
"I was enthralled in the silence, you know, because as it got lighter and brighter then you could hear the birds chirping and nature coming to life," said Grofe in an interview later in life. "All of a sudden, bingo! There it was, the sun. I couldn't hardly describe it in words because words would be inadequate."