March 2, 2013

New Routes. Favorite Songs


I’ve written that one must find new routes everyday to keep running real. I still believe this, but I need to qualify it.

This week I was on my way to completing a ten mile run, much of it at night. As I was moving through a section of the run I stopped for minute and looked around. I realized that I’d been running on this same trail for 20 years.

The trail felt familiar, but something about it was different. It was like a favorite song that I haven’t listened to in a while. I hear its familiar sound, but then I notice something new about it. The voices, the melody...I’m not sure what.

Like Daron and Serj from System of a Down and their cat and mouse harmony in the song Radio Video. I’ve listened to this song dozens of times, but I never really heard their nuanced vocals intertwine like they do. Or Stevie Nick’s haunting vocal in Silver Springs. Again, I’ve heard it many times, and didn't used to call it a favorite. But then I heard how much she just lays her self out there in the live version of the song. It takes some time to build, but is worth the wait.

I look across the creek next to where I’m standing, I notice the lights reflecting off the still water. There is something new about it...but I’m not sure what.

3 comments:

EricG said...

If it feels new then it's still exciting. Keep on keepin on Will! Peace E

Will said...

yes it is, Eric. thanks for the words.

Derek Stevenson said...

Very nice post, if it still feels new I think that means you are present in the moment, and there's no greater thing than that -- to be here and now, not off worrying about the past which is gone and the future which doesn't exist yet. If it weren't so cold right now I would head out for a walk!

Speaking of favorite songs, I'll throw in a plug for Neko Case who has some pretty haunting lyrics of her own.

Cheers,
Rick