I love music, listening or making it, and I love the sounds of nature, or simple silence. It's allllll goooood. I definitely appreciate the mp3 devices, but they have their time and place.
Was watching a sunset 3 or 4 days into a solo journey this summer, with some heavy stuff going on in my brain from back in the real world. Was at Monarch lakes in Sequoia after coming over a couple passes from the 5 lakes area. The day ended with a beautiful view down a canyon and this song was just speaking to me with the view I had. It was talking about the clouds and the golden sunset and the river while speaking directly of these things I was dealing with. Then it unleashed this 30 minute jam that peaked and brought me to this all encompassing pure bliss moment of clarity. A simultanious physical mental and spiritual bliss that built up brought on by the combo of the tunes and the sunset. The chorus is just "we want you to be happy" over and over again, and it seemed like everything would be alright. Then I turn around...I might have even been laughing, I saw the first person I had seen in 3 days. I was really suprised, and ripped back to reality from that fleeting feeling. I think I fumbled a few words, but wasn't very polite, and too bad, it was a beautiful woman, also solo :P
There is just a time and a place. Usually it is at night.
"Portugal, the Man" is a band I love to listen to while relaxing in the wilderness. They're from Alaska....go figure. Give the album "Censored Colors" a try, I bet you like it.