I love music, like many others. Throughout my life music has always been a huge part of my life. It has been there when my dad passed away, it was there when I fell in love, it was there when I got married and it was all over the place on my recent backpacking adventure around the world. Since being back in the Land of Oz whenever I hear one of the songs from my adventure it takes me back to that amazing moment, it takes me back to that place where I had not care in the world, it takes me back to the spot where I was happy and carefree as well as where it was a sombre moment.
The Songs of my adventure that return time and time again to help me get through a tough time, just so I know when I pull through I can always look forward to my next adventure. These songs inspire me to create new amazing adventures be it only a weekend away or a new complete change of lifestyle choices.
A few of these little songs that graced my journey and a short story about them:
Frère Jacques: We were sailing in a Fellucca on the amazing Nile in Aswan, Egypt. These two local boys paddled up to us in there dugout canoe and started singing to us.
Niggers in Paris: Now excuse my language there. This song rocked throughout my 46 day Contiki tour from Paris to Amsterdam. I still get pumped whenever I hear this song. I once did “The Worm” on a table in a Paris nightclub and once on a dance floor in Paros, in the Greek Islands to this song.
Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen): This song was played in our couch after leaving Gallipoli. Gallipoli was a sombre moment and this song was a beautiful way to appreciate the moment. I always play this song now when I need to put things back into perspective.
Rob Longstaff’s Boogaloo: I met Rob whilst he was playing at one of the great open air markets in Berlin. I could hear an Aussie’s voice singing and playing an acoustic set. I wondered over to him and introduced myself. I brought a CD of him right then and later a record off iTunes. We were lucky enough to even have a song dedicated to us, The Beds are Burning, Midnight oil in an acoustic set.
Dislocated: Well anything to do with this Swedish Hardcore Band. I met one of the band’s members in a backpackers in Lithuania. A group of us stayed up all night, drinking Vodka, smoking shisha, listening to music from all over the world, talking about everyones crazing adventures. Since Patrik made it back to Sweden, the band have now released an EP called “DOWN”. I have been listening to it and remembering that great night with: 1 aussie, 1 Swed, 2 Americans, 2 Canadians, 1 Lithuanian, and 1 Italian, 2ltr 7.8% alcohol beer and Lithuanian Vodka.
Music was a huge part of my backpacking journey, it is a huge a part of journey through life and will always be there for me.