Does a song or a soundtrack ever make you think of something? Or make you feel a certain way? Sometimes that happens to me. And it did the other day. I was driving up 287 to go down Bonds Ranch Road to take some pictures. Bonds Ranch Road is the inspiration to the notes “The View Of Forever” and “Another View Of Forever” in what will be book #2, “Days Remembered”. Those two notes describe the wide and seemingly endless view of the area seen from there. On top of the hill on the road what you see really does seem to extend to the infinite sometimes. Thus the titles containing the words “view of forever”.
While buzzing down the road to there I was playing a song on a CD I had downloaded. I heard it one night on KCTU, the local college radio station. The song really got my attention. It was an instrumental with synthesizers and such. The score was an ethereal type of work which started slow and then flowed back and forth to a climax and then faded away once more (the on-line sample on Amazon does not capture the best parts BTW). It certainly made me feel a certain way. I realized it made me feel the same way I felt when I was gazing at “The View Of Forever” on Bonds Ranch Road. And thus that song was a soundtrack of sorts to that hill I write about and take pictures of.
When you look up at the high clouds overhead, such as I do at the View Of Forever, they behave like that song. At one moment they can be shapeless and nondescript and the next second they can have a shape that looks like it belongs to something down here on earth. The forms these wispy strands take always mutate into something new. Each new shape is a fleeting moment of unique form miles above. And then at some point they are gone over the horizon blown by the winds and the jet stream to be a sight for people we don’t know but perhaps look upwards at the sky just the same.
So if you read the two notes I mention, or look at some of the pictures I have taken, there is a song you can play that tells part of this story too. Maybe you will feel the same thing I do, maybe you won’t. But I know the feeling I get when I hear those musical notes or look at forever with my own eyes. That feeling is a picture of something larger than what I see, or that any of us can view, on this little orb we call home.
The song: Tycho – Coastal Brake (Manual Remix):
The View Of Forever:
Another View Of Forever: