Aug 20, 2010 at 11:53 am #1262446
This song instantly made me think of being all alone at dusk high up in the Eastern Sierra.
Anybody else got a favorite they associate with being outside and free?Aug 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm #1639039
@paulsiegelLocale: Southern Appalachians
nmAug 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm #1639040
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
The sound of the dawn chorus. (birds)
–B.G.–Aug 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm #1639044
@rskgadaLocale: Bay Area
I don't hike with an ipod or such and wondered if I did carry it what music I would listen to. I don't think it get's any better than listening to the music nature provides. Therefore I can't get myself to carry any music. Also, I recently went on a BP trip with my wife. It was her first time. I was putting together a slideshow but could not find a song to accompany the slideshow that would do the trip justice. Curious to see others chime in.Aug 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm #1639065
@johnzLocale: East Bay
The sound of silence is the soundtrack I associate with being outdoors. I have all the noise I need living in the bay area.Aug 20, 2010 at 2:31 pm #1639067
Next you guys will be telling me you don't bring portable DVD players either…Aug 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm #1639080
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
"This song instantly made me think of being all alone at dusk high up in the Eastern Sierra."
Alone?Aug 20, 2010 at 4:59 pm #1639092Aug 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm #1639099
Only Jello Biafra writes TRUE music for the great outdoors…
…and how could I have forgotten Winnebago Warrior, off the same album…Aug 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm #1639129
This is how pretty much all of my backpacking trips end up…….
the whole song is amazing… but 2:30 to 3:30 is really just epic with the spoken voice over and dancing.Aug 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm #1639170
Well played vino vampire. I'll raise you one of these:
(not for those of refined sensibilities)Aug 21, 2010 at 7:49 am #1639227
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
I've found that some creeks have music coming out of them. Or voices. Or choirs. It can be a little creepy but I enjoy it.
I'm not much of a musical consumer. I like to make music. So I usually have some tunes going through my head. I have brought a pennywhistle in the past so I could play various Irish tunes. But they are loud instruments so last time I brought a Strumstick. Strumsticks are heavy and large (compared to whistles) but quieter. I had a great time playing old-time American tunes.
The wilderness is surprisingly noisy except on my last trip I hiked up to a high alpine lake and noticed there was not a sound at all. No running water, no birds or anything. It was amazing. The most moving "music" yet!Aug 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm #1639332
@woodenwizardLocale: Greater Mt Tabor
99 Bottles of beer!Aug 21, 2010 at 3:55 pm #1639339
@nerdboy52Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
. . . almost 40 years ago, I was stuck on a BPing/ hiking trip with my very traditional/ provincial inlaws (parents, brother and sister inlaws, etc.).
Around the campfire, one of them began to sing, "Kum bay ah, Lord, Kum bay ah . . ." (sorry, if I'm getting the spelling wrong).
When it came my turn, I sang, sweetly, quietly, " Throwing up, Lord, Kum bay ah. Getting sick, Lord, Kum bay ah. Blowing lunch, Lord, Kum bay ah. Oh, Lord, Kum bay ah."
A few minutes later, I said, "Come on let's sing a REAL camp song: 'I met a gin sot bar-room queen in Memphis, DA, DA, DAH. Come on, EVERYBODY now . . . ."'" and they just broke up into laughter.
I don't do sh*t like that anymore. Shame on me.
Apologies to those who don't recognize the old Rolling Stones tune,
StargazerAug 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm #1639340
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
As long as you keep it to yourself, whatever floats your boat.
My favorite hiking instrument? Native American flute. Dr. Hal makes a plastic one that is nearly indestructible and sounds great— for $25 and 3.5oz. http://www.soundswemake.com/pages/native.html
Harmonicas make sense. I've seen a fireside percussion "drum circle" session break out on pots and pans. Clapping and song are 100% portable and *very* UL.
But all should be respectful of anyone in the area. There's enough noise pollution in our day to day life without torturing others with your "taste" in the hills.Aug 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm #1639355
That is by far the best backpacking music video ever done. Fantastic.
Did you notice there tents in the background?Aug 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm #1639420
Good eye, but those aren't tents, they're custom pyramid tarps. Tommy Seebach is super ultralight! Also, I have to admit, I'M A BIT JEALOUS… those girls have the total weight of their base layer down to just about nothing…. HA!
"… their land, strong earth… they must be free, to live their own lives…."Aug 22, 2010 at 7:14 am #1639449
I got a couple of walkin' buddies who bring ukeleles and harmonicas. I'm a guitar picker, but won't bring a full size instrument, of course. I haven't even found a travel guitar that I liked – although the small body/short scale Corts look pretty good. I compromised by packing a cheap baritone ukelele
that is tuned to the first 4 strings on a regular guitar. I used to pack it in a double garbage bag case but the branches have shredded that good. I've bought some lightweight Denier nylon. That should make a nice lightweight case. I don't bring this on every walk either. Just short or easy/family type walks. Regards, Charlie.Aug 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm #1640384
@bigfoot2Locale: OregonAug 26, 2010 at 5:02 am #1640570
@mikefLocale: SE USA
I actually in May on European vacation, went on a nice loop hike in the Austrian Alps, had a couple diatonic harmonicas and ended up playing a half hour-45 minutes at a hiker hut to the owner, employees and some hikers. Mostly blues, an Irish tune, and couple old Hank Williams old school country tunes. It was fun. Done this around campfire a few times on the AT.. MikeAug 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm #1641479Aug 30, 2010 at 9:07 am #1641567
@woodenwizardLocale: Greater Mt Tabor
There's just something about listening to bluegrass in the woods…Aug 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm #1641667
you can skip the first 33 seconds to get to the song by the Bad LiversAug 30, 2010 at 5:33 pm #1641671
Not for the meek. Warning: song about 'there aint no t**s on the radio.'Sep 25, 2010 at 5:33 pm #1648781
@backtrackLocale: Houston Burbs
Favorites when I needed a little extra push. Conor Oberst and The Weepies.
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