Are you a music person?
I don’t go out anywhere without my iPod. However I didn’t use any musical devices during whole backpacking. In my normal life I used to use CD player or mp3 to block the world. When I want to concentrate or just want to be in my own world. Music is certainly good way to mixing your world and exotic other world but I want to just melting in the foreign world I was going to go that time.
I knew music can be very powerful tool for leave memories last long, but decided just go without it for a change.
Even though I didn’t have my musical devices, I did have many musical experiences during the traveling.
The time I was backpacking through southern New Zealand, in Franz Josef, the glacier town. First night at a cozy hostel, I was resting and exploring hostel. Suddenly I heard music came out from somewhere, but it doesn’t sound like come out from speaker, very alive. Half a month without music myself, I just dragged into where the sound came out.
There they are, in one room three guys beautifully playing guitar. Music was great, and I was learing how to play guitar so I was naturally being a part of their jam session. I was sit in a corner of the room, listening. After one session ended, I asked “Are you guys traveling together?” and they said “No, we two are friends, but we just met him.” Music is certainly powerful tool to bringing people together. They weren’t playing a song or anything, just jamming.
We were chatting and music-ing, and out of a sudden they asked me to sing or play some Korean song. They were curious about how Korean or Korean song sounds like. Frankly I love to sing but I was so nervous. But, what the hell, I gave them some code and starting to sing a Korean love song. Many people stayed at hostel were gathering around the room. They must be fascinated or surprised from exotic foreign language.
It felt so good, I’ve never been physically high before, but I can imagine what the feeling must be like from that experience of the night.
The jamming was getting bigger, so we spend a night sitting around a fire place to listen, play, and sing music. There was even a player of didgeridoo. That was my first and only time to saw didgeridoo. This sound was so deep, peaceful. He said it has even a power of healing from the deep vibration of sound. Wonderful experience..
Maybe Franz Josef is one of my favorite towns because of this moment. Certainly, music is a global language for sure.
The next long term travel I’m planning, I will use my iPod wisely. Thinking about it.