I used to be the "must live in a city" type. I used to think the height of life was about being surrounded by people, lights and the buzz of being heard or seen. Nature was second to street art, fancy interiors and white spaces. But my inspiration point changed when I saw the music video for "Old Pine," a 5:33 minute clip that showcased the majesty of nature in the most pure, refreshing way possible. The enjoyment wasn't contrived or scripted. It was nature as nature, a special backdrop for memories created in silence.
Steady as the stars in the woods
And the warmth rang true inside these bones
As the old pine fell we sang
Just to bless the morning.
Ben Howard has a knack for capturing the essence of nature through his music. When I hear his songs, I get swept away with visions of water. You know the awe of watching gigantic waves taking over the coast line? ...that cool feeling of water swirling around your ankles as you slowly sink into silken sand.
If it weren't for him, I would've settled for being stuck on a treadmill. I would be content with sitting in a gym, taking a class for an hour, instead of hiking an unknown trail for two hours and looking through Mother Earth's frames.
There's no music more perfect to being an earth runner than Ben Howard's tunes.
Needless to say, I'm not the same city girl anymore.
These days I can't imagine living somewhere that's not a day's distance from water, or a place where you can rest under the shade of trees.