Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth as music when walking a boring part of the camino or an an uphill climb.
Simply talking ……….about walking — or talking with a fellow Peregrino about the nexts day walk – but, wait. It’s not really like that around here. Just started the story with a boating quote and it took hold.
It doesn’t seem to matter to me, the only criteria is that no one else is around. That’s when I simply blast my little IPhone speakers a bit, nothing else seems really to matter, that’s the charm of it. The walking pain of it is simply forgotten.
Also it just doesn’t matter the nationality, everyone loves American music. Eventually everyone knows and suggests a good walking song. When the tunes take a hold look out, soon we are lock in step pounding away the hill, the boring section or even just the days miles.
The 500 mile song makes the top of the list followed by the 25 mile song followed by my all time favorite due to the words, Vida La Vida by Coldplay.
I like to call it my Medieval music.
The lyrics start off like:
I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own
I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing
“Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!”
One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand
I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Calvary choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
Once you go there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world
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