Songs for the Ride: Alaska

My “Songs for the Ride” series aims to share with you my ever growing and changing playlist for the road-trip through life… especially when they directly relate to our travels.

I love emotion.  I love aliveness, and having my heartstrings pulled, and awe and wonder and appreciation. I also love poetic subtlety, and when all of those massive human feelings emerge out of something quietly simple and tender.

I’m about to share with you a video that primarily features two people sitting quietly listening to a song.  What comes out is, to me, magic. Continue reading “Songs for the Ride: Alaska”

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Songs for the ride: Count to Ten

You know that feeling of overwhelm where life is all just a little too confusing?  Where you want it to stop for a minute – to back up, and let it come into focus?  If you’re here, you must; I know that’s the pull to the road for many of us.  

Tina Dico’s Count to Ten is a song for those moments.

I heard it for the first time around the joyful west coast summer yoga/arts/music festival scene, with a dear man whom I would go on to share 5 years of my life in partnership with.  His encouragement is largely responsible for my personal freedom and location-independent lifestyle now.  

At that first listen, I burst into tears at the sweeping violin climax (4:25), and I still do, nearly every time I hear it now.

The soft, steady beat that remix producer Pumpkin layed under Tina’s transparent vocals feel like the rythmic pulse of railroad ties on a cross country train trip. The reasons for the road, the feeling of the road, and the sounds of the road are all layered into the mix.  Pumpkin’s recent death lends a haunting air to the already compelling track.  It’s an emotional must-have for a long-trip playlist.

Happy travels my friends.  Be safe out there.

 

(I can’t vouch for this video, it’s just the easiest way to get you the song… Maybe close your eyes and listen :-))

Lyrics:

There are faces, there are smiles. So many teeth
Too many arms, legs, eyes, and flashing buttons
All around me

I’m a watching, I’m a breathing, I”m a pushing
I’m a wishing that these walls
Would not be talking quite so loudly

I’ve been burned down once before
I’ve pulled myself up off the floor
And I am looking for a reason to stay standing

But sometimes its just too much,
Its not enough, its something else
Its so much bigger than my head
Its too demanding

Sometimes the fastest way to get there is to go slow
And sometimes if you want to hold on, you got to let go
I’m gonna close my eyes, and count to ten
I’m gonna close my eyes
And when I open them again,

Everything will make sense to me then

I have met so many people, we’ve exchanged so many words
We’ve said it all and we’ve said nothing
But its changed us

I have known a lot of men
Some were lovers, some were friends
But altogether, were they merely passing strangers?

They’ll contol you with their silence, they’ll control you with their words
And you’ll control them with your body’s coded signals
In the wild and tangled gardens of our insecurities
We loose our heads to each others silly pitfalls

Sometimes the fastest way to get there is to go slow
And sometimes if you want to hold on, you got to let go
I’m gonna close my eyes, and count to ten
I’m gonna close my eyes
And when I open them again,

Everything will make sense to me then