Walking, listening, observing
I try to go out walking as often as I can. It gets me out of the house and as I’m working pretty much every day on my music on computers I need to take regular breaks. I usually find my walks to be a source of inspiration, I’m fortunate to be able to get out into beautiful countryside within a few minutes and I find I get some of my best ideas whilst out and about. Maybe it’s because walking is more of a ‘walking meditation’ for me, that I find I think more lucidly when walking. I also find that it’s a great way to audition my work-in-progress mixes, just listening to the music and being away from the computer and the programs that were used to create it puts me into an entirely different listening mode.
I go out on my own now as my dog is too old to get very far. I still walk her out, but I don’t class these perambulations as ‘proper walks’ as we hardly cover any distance. Saying that, I don’t go particularly far (more usually 4 miles or so). I like the solitary element (no one ever rings me on my mobile !) and I particularly find being away from the online world is a welcome break.
I find walking in the natural world to be the ideal environment for listening to ambient music, observing and reflecting on nature’s patterns and seasonal changes. It’s something I very much appreciate and hope to be able to carry on doing so in the future. It ‘grounds’ me.
I always take a camera with me, just in case I see something that catches the eye. Here’s a selection of images from this morning’s walk: