Maybe the music made you want to travel, or you listened to the music while travelling, or you found it whilst far from home -- share with us!
Travel and music go hand in hand for me. I love listening to familiar songs while I visit new places, but I also love discovering music from the places I visit.
The first time I became aware that music influences how I see the world was when I was in the Whitsundays, Running To Stand Still...
dropped off by helicopter onto the most beautiful deserted beach I'd ever seen, and the helicopter blades sounded exactly like that song Running to Stand Still by U2. I don't know why but it did. Now every time I think of that place, I think of that song.
Whenever I heard the Beach Boys in high school, I used to fantasize about driving the California coast in a convertible. Five years ago I finally got to do it for real (and yes, they were the soundtrack!) California Coast and Open Road
Travels through China with my Xindi (Chinese younger brother)
I traveled to China as this guy said he'd drive me to the carved mountain Maiji Shan in Gansu Provence. We traveled as brothers and to the music of China. My favourites are Teng Ge and Dao Lang. Always takes me back...
"LOVE SONG OF THE WEST SEA"
Festival au Desert at Timbuktu, Mali
Takes me back...'cause we were there in these crowds somewhere...dancing with the Tuareg
One winter in Nthn China escaping the pollution of Datong...hoping the coal smoke would not chase us South...a 383 km taxi ride to the ancient walled city of Pingyao. Alleys covered in ice...minus 20 degrees celsius...thinking "What have I got us into?"
That night over dinner in the Ming Dynasty inn...children letting off crackers in the dark cobbled streets.
There was music...ethereal in this magic icy locale...just for us...vocals in English...gave us goosebumps.
Leonard Cohen's CD "TEN NEW SONGS"...always takes us back to Pingyao.
Opening track on the CD "IN MY SECRET LIFE"
The second track..."A THOUSAND KISSES DEEP"
Doubt it is widely available, but songs don't get any more evocative: "Chai, chillum, chapati" by Steve Carey... He wrote the song about Om Beach, Karnakata, India and on finally making it there the lyrics were indeed perfect.
Just for you Andy & Ali....Enjoy DD
On our first RTW trip in 2010/11 we hired a car out and bought some new CD's to listen to. Now, whenever we hear an ELO, Fleetwood Mac, Alien Ant Farm or Five Finger Death Punch song, we're whisked back to our happy memories of tootling around New Zealand for 2 and a half months.
There we were in a taxi in Argentina's capital when this song came over the taxi radio...TURN IT UP PLEASE.
How can we dance when our Earth is turning? How do we sleep while our beds are burning?
MIDNIGHT OIL "BEDS ARE BURNING"
One of the few times I felt homesick on a long trip was seeing the Boston Pops July 4th concert on TV instead of live for the first time in 20 years: So Far From Home