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Sometimes we write songs so a producer can see what our vision would be for a musical story. The producers who obtained the musical rights to this 7-time Academy Award-winning film ultimately went another direction. But ahh, the road not taken...


Lt. John Dunbar is dubbed a hero after he accidentally leads Union troops to a victory during the Civil War. He requests a position on the western frontier, but finds it deserted. He soon finds out he is not alone, but meets a wolf he dubs "Two-socks" and a curious Indian tribe. Dunbar quickly makes friends with the tribe -- who come to know him as "Dances with Wolves" -- and discovers a white woman, “Stands With a Fist”, who was raised by the Indians. As time passes he becomes enamored by "Stands With a Fist" and as he gradually earns the respect of these native people, he begins to shed his white-man's ways.

Novel and screenplay by

Michael Blake


Spec Music and Lyrics by

Jonathan K. Waller

“Galloping Onward” (snippet)

A new musical version is currently in development

Performed by Jonathan K. Waller

Spec Music & Lyrics by Jonathan K. Waller


Lt. Dunbar joins the tribe on their hunt for buffalo. As we follow the men from the hunting field to the campfire celebration afterward, Dunbar finally begins to make strides towards friendship amongst the men in the tribe -- especially the most skeptical of the warriors: “Wind In His Hair”.


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“Are You Now Thinking of Me” (snippet)

Performed by Bekah Coulter & Jonathan K. Waller

Spec Music & Lyrics by Jonathan K. Waller


When Lt. Dunbar is asked to watch over the family of his most trusted Native American friend while the rest of the tribe leaves camp to hunt, Dunbar’s playful lessons in the native language from the beautiful “Stands With A Fist” become much more.


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