There’s nothing like a late night drive in the summer. Whether you have the top down or all the windows open, it is the most exhilarating thing, ever! To feel that warm air through your hair or your fingers, the zing you feel when a bug pops you in the forehead or your arm that’s out the window. You have your tunes turned up to a tolerable level and cruising down a two lane road or highway and not another car in sight! Smooth Jazz, R&B and old school is what I’d be listening to. Music from Boney James, Rick Braun, Marvin Gaye, or Chaka Khan, Otis Redding, Esperanza Spaulding.
Plenty of nights out on the road, I-40 mostly, in New Mexico or Arizona, listening to Will Downing with the windows down and cruising at about 70 mph, was the best time of the day. You did have to keep your eye out for deer or elk out in that area but that wasn’t too much of a problem.
When I am in the car, preferably on the passenger side, I put my arm out the window and hope I don’t get zinged by a bug. I could ride forever. Of course, the person that’s doing the driving should be someone you’d want to be with. Such joy I feel during that time. Serenity. Wait, where are my keys?
It doesn’t matter what type of music you like, when you are feeling some type of way, it seems to be the only thing to comfort you. Sitting by yourself, your mind tends to stick to whatever problem that’s plaguing you. You reach for your iPod or MP3 and put the ear buds in and turn it your favorite songs. You check the volume, turn it to where everything outside of the ear buds is completely shut out. Boney James’ Breathe starts playing and immediately whatever problem that was there is pushed to the side for another time. Your mind goes places you wish you could. Every beat of the percussion, swoon of the sax and pluck of the piano is absorbed into every inch of you. You are transported to a space that’s occupied by nothingness and everything. Your feet never touch the ground but you are not flying, music notes brush past, the sweet smell in the air is palpable, your hand is in what feels like water but your hand is not wet. The tranquility that music brings to you is immeasurable.
If you are like me, you can listen to a song 5 times and hear something different every time. I find that when I am really enjoying the music, I am either giving a private concert with my background music recorded, dancing (like DTWS), or visualizing music videos. I sometimes imagine being in one of the many IMAX theatres, sitting in the middle and having the speakers turned up and a movie of outer space playing. WHEW!!
When I want listen to my heart, my breathing and the rhythm of life, I put on my headphones and tune out the world! And let my mind go where the music takes me in solitude.