Matt (the Live and Let Wander daddy of the fam), and I have been an item since the late nineties. We met in high school and almost instantly bonded over our mutual love of sushi, 80’s movies, and punk rock. We were both musicians (he slapped the bass with friends in a garage band who covered the Foo Fighters and Blink 182, while I was a theater geek who sang everything everywhere), and our passion for music has been in the forefront of our relationship for the past 17 years.
We have rocked out at countless concerts together, and have jammed for endless hours together while dreaming up our next adventures (usually while also drinking beer. Beer and music always make for a good starting point for adventure planning).
Music moves us and inspires us, and certain songs just light that fire under us….they make us want to get out there, and see the world! Here are a few of our favorites that always give us that wandering feeling…
“Don’t bother to pack your bags or your map, We won’t need them where we’re goin’ We’re goin’ where the wind is blowin” We love this quote so much we had it turned into a wall cling and it’s currently the focal point in our boys bedroom.
SOCIETY- EDDIE VEDDER
“When you want more than you have You think you need And when you when you think more than you want your thoughts begin to bleed, I think I need to find a bigger place ‘Cause when you have more than you think You need more space” No song reminds us better that life is not about how many things you can acquire but how many experiences you can cram into one life. This is our pre travel song that reminds us why we spend our money on travel instead of things.
MOVING MOUNTAINS- THRICE
“I speak in many tongues of many men, Argue with angels and I always win” The lyrics are not heavily worded around travel however this song is like much of The Alchemy Index album RAW. It reminds of the the dirt on the trails and the weather on our faces. This is our hiking song.
THE WHALER- THRICE
“The boat and the plank, They are all that I know. The sea calls my name and so I must go” Another song off of The Alchemy Index albums. This is one of the water songs and you will find no better songs to ski or snowboard through fresh powder than those from the “water” and “air” album. They capture the elements in every song. The ebb and flow takes hold of you as you float along.
HOPELESS WANDERER- MUMFORD AND SONS
“Don’t hold a glass over the flame, Don’t let your heart grow cold, I will call you by name, I will share your road” If the title of song doesn’t take hold of you, the song will. With their fast paced folk Mumford rhythm, your heart will start pumping and your feet will start to travel even if your mind is not ready.
THE ONCE AND FUTURE CARPENTER- AVETT BROTHERS
“Forever I will move like the world that turns beneath me, And when I lose my direction i’ll look up to the sky” This entire album is my favorite flight travel album. It puts me at ease (I am an uneasy flyer), and sets me up for whatever adventure I am about to embark on.
ISLAND- THE STARTING LINE
“Let’s sail away, Find our country, We’ll build a house and get tired of palm trees, Let’s get away, Let’s push our lives aside” I mean, don’t you ever just want to build a house on a remote island and open a juice bar? No? Just me? I think I like this one because it makes me think of the beach. And being the mountain dwellers that we are, we don’t get to the beach all that often!
We hope that 2017 brings you new adventures, countless memories made, and beautiful music!