Two essential life elements. And perhaps inexorably intertwined. In this photo we are playing on the Ferry that links North and South Shields in Newcastle, UK as part of the Crossing the Tyne Festival this past August. I was reminiscing about the people we met and the lovely memories made and it occurred to me this water and music thing. I think it's a thing.
Now really it's people and music that is the real thing. Wherever there are people, music will find its way and be the connective tissue of the whole. So maybe you don't need water for music. But certainly there is a connection where water seems to be at least a conduit for music.
There are so many amazing songs written about all different water bodies. Musicians that have been inspired by the power and force that is gentle and soothing at the same time. Water is life giving and essential but can also be cruel and life taking. And then so much in between.
Then there is life along the water, often harsh and unforgiving, breeding a culture of people that rely on each other for survival and sanity. Music can't help but find its way into these peoples lives. They need it. And it thrives. And I do love the maritime music that comes out. It feels real.
Oh but pretty much everyone has something that inspires music in the same way that water does. Like the Prairies have that sky that goes on forever and that open space that makes you feel naked to the sun. BC has the Rockies. The awesome and great Rockies. The North (although I haven't been) probably draw from the cold, the ice, the remote beauty, the quiet maybe. And of course all the other people. Being connected to everyone as we are all human and breathing.
So we don't need water to have music really at all. Not at all. But I like it. And it is a thing even if it is just one of many inspiring things. Water and music. Two of my favourites.