Friday, May 31, 2013

Have you ever had one of those moments when you realize that a band or a song that you've come to love means more to you than you could have realized?

It might sound silly but it happens.  I'm not talking about a teenage romance where a super angsty kid listens to a song on repeat because it make him/her cry out all of her feelings, or want to get angry & take control.

No, not that.

I'm taking about a song that pulls the heartstrings.  A band who's entire album could be your soundtrack to life.

As a lover of long road trips, the open sky of the southwest, the mountains of the west coast, & even the ravens at the rest stops ... I feel as though First Aid Kit could be my soundtrack to life.  Why on earth I hadn't discovered them before beats me.

While listening to Pandora's "Indie Folk Revival" station they kept being played ... I had to know who they were.  I did know who they were.  I just didn't realize how good they were!

I know tastes in music vary a lot between people based on a lot of things.  But if that Pandora station sounds like anything you'd listen to, then maybe you might like these free spirited Swedish girls.

This has been my soundtrack of the week.  It'll probably carry on through the weekend.

More than anything, I can't wait to get this album on vinyl & be able to dance like a hippie in my living room.

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

Monday, May 20, 2013

"Keep close to Nature's heart... & break clear away, once in a while, & climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."  John Muir
This past weekend Jonathan & I had the pleasure of being invited on a camping trip to June Lake, in the Eastern Sierra mountains.  

Whenever I find myself up highway 395, between Death Valley & Mt. Whitney, I am humbled.  I am honored to live in the same state as many great explorers once have, to fall in love with the same wilderness they did, to live just a day's drive away from these peaks & rivers & trees.  

The Sierra mountains are a great love of mine; I feel at home & at peace while I'm in them.  The ease at which they are accessible allows me to visit them whenever I'd like, for the most part. & for this great privilege, I aim to protect those glorious mountain peaks, those lakes, those gigantic trees, that idea.  The idea of a clean, pure wild.  I recently joined the Sierra club as a first step in my environmental journey, but more than anything, majoring in environmental studies, & being able to preserve the wild, everywhere, for everyone, is my main goal.  I want these open spaces to be just as glorious & meaningful to my grandchildren as they are to me.

I was honored to have gotten to visit this wild space over the weekend.  & even though I clumsily left with a bruised up, sprained ankle, it was one of my favorite trips to the Eastern Sierras, thus far.  (From the photo, it looks like Turbo enjoyed it, too.)

"Man must be made conscious of his origin as a child of Nature. Brought into right relationship with the wilderness he would see that he was not a separate entity endowed with a divine right to subdue his fellow creatures and destroy the common heritage, but rather an integral part of a harmonious whole. He would see that his appropriation of earth's resources beyond his personal needs would only bring imbalance and beget ultimate loss and poverty for all."  Linnie Marsh Wolfe