Day 3 of 30 Days of Indie Travel Project, from BootsnAll
Prompt #3: MUSIC
“Music and travel memories often go hand in hand. A song can inspire our explorations, or it can take us back to a specific place and time. Tell us about your travel playlist and what it means to you.”
Camping trip becomes one-tune playlist
Off the coast of Scotland, the fierce, wind-battered, wave-pounded, indescribably beautiful Outer Hebrides Islands seem to exist so the North Atlantic can kick the crap out of them.
Or, they’re a reminder that often our planet’s fiercest environments also are the most serene, precious and awe-inspiring.
I had the good fortune to travel and camp around the Isle of Lewis, largest of the Outer Hebrides, in 2000.
Ever since, there’s a piece of music that always takes me back there.
In 1830, the famous composer Felix Mendelssohn traveled around Scotland, including the Hebrides. A cavern known as Fingal’s Cave, on Staffa Island, inspired Mendelssohn to write a standalone, 10-minute piece of music. Known both as “The Hebrides Overture” and “Fingal’s Cave,” Mendelssohn captures the fierce beauty of these remote islands. The music evokes loneliness, solitude, pounding rolling waves, and storm after storm after beautiful storm.
Every time I listen to the Overture, my mind returns to Lewis. To this day, it reminds me of one of the most amazing trips I’ve had the good fortune to go on.
Go to the Hebrides
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