Saturday, December 18, 2010

Trail Music

We have 7 days left until Christmas, and 13 days until we begin a new year. It's looking more and more like we will once again fall short of our 100 mile goal and somehow we are okay with that.

The smell of home cooked chicken waifs though the air; Robin is currently in the kitchen preparing her signature Autumn Chicken recipe which is causing my stomach to rumble with wanton hunger. The kiddo is sitting in the floor of the living room enjoying the company of her first major steady boyfriend. Yeah, that sound you heard was of me cringing. Actually, he seems to be a nice young man. Daddy may actual provide his seal of approval, of course we will have to wait and see how he fares on the trail with us first, heh heh heh.

As we sit in the warmth of our country home, content with ourselves and our current condition, Fleet Foxes plays in the backdrop of our winter scene. I rather enjoy their melodies and as I sit listening, I wonder if there is any other music that makes me long for the trail more than this. Maybe Iron and Wine but Fleet Foxes always takes me away to a wooded trail or a scenic drive, the type you might see in a Sundance Film Festival entry.

How about you, our readers? What music brings the longing of the trail rushing into your mind? Furthermore, what tunes do you find enjoyable to listen to on the way to the trailhead? What songs play in your head as the leaves are trampled underfoot, making their own sense of trail music?

For me, Fleet Foxes hold a dear place in my heart and mind when thinking of the trail. Their light and melodic tunes fill my imagination with panoramic views of the Tennessee Valley from atop the Cumberland Plateau, or the various peaks located in the Smokies from Mount LeConte or Clingmans Dome, or still yet the peaks and valleys viewable from the lookout tower atop Mount Mitchell in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

While venturing down the trail, more often than not, Fleet Foxes' tunes "Blue Ridge Mountains" or "Mykonos" plays over and over in my head like a dreamy soundtrack. On the way to the trailhead, we often listen to Fleet Foxes especially the songs "Meadowlark", "Sun It Rises", or "White Winter Hymnal". These songs always make me eager yet mellow, ready to enjoy the trail and all its wonders it will offer.

Enjoy the tunes and share with us the soundtracks that play in your mind while on the trail or in the car on the way to the trailhead.

Happy Trails,
Tim and Robin