I am still filled to overflowing with all that this weekend had to offer...! I SO wish I could bottle it for those times of need.
Between yesterday (47 miles) and today (59.5 miles) I just could not stop those wheels from rolling and rolling and soaking up as much, more and more of the perfect weather, perfect company, perfect EVERYTHING!
Today especially...! I started off by heading down to Binghamton for the Chris Thater 5K race, www.bcstopdwi.com/bcstop
, not to run, but to watch fellow local Sparker STRIVERONE wrap up yet another race and to meet up afterward so that we could hop on our bikes and do the Hallstead/Great Bend Loop down into Pennsylvania.
Another bike club member mentioned wanting to join us (I'll be heading up to Tibbett's point with him next weekend) and while waiting for STRIVERONE yet another club member caught up with me and was up for the ride. That made four of us. Little did I know ahead of time, as I had never ridden before with STRIVERONE before, that the four of us would be such a HIGHLY compatible quartet of strong riders! Double kudos to STRIVERONE for doing so well AFTER having run a 5K...whew! We just hung together so nicely throughout our thirty-some miles down to PA and back. One of the club members showed me a neat little detour on our return route and lead us up into the hills off the main road for some climbing workouts.
After returning to Rec Park in Binghamton I had another 10 miles to head back home from there. Another bike club member who lives up around my neck of the woods was heading home also so he joined me and we took the River Road loop for yet MORE climbing and adding another coupla miles to the route.
Throughout my rides both yesterday and today a song kept coming to me with a melody that is so lovely and complex and actually a good dose of minor key usage, no strong beat to power me along...so how does that fit with my being so enthralled by the sun, the flowers, birds overhead, woodchuck scurrying for cover and the four of us thrumming along in such harmony?
1) Beauty...the music embodied the sense of gratitude, savoring and accenting all that the visual, tactile world was laying out before me...intensifying the experience even more.
2) Self-soothing...music has always been for me a treasured method of a self-embrace, self-affirmation. And it's calorie-free, unlike other unhealthy methods of self-soothing which shall remain nameless! :-)
Here is the song which I've carried with me through my weekend outdoors: Canta Canta Mais. This is yet another gem from Maestro Antonio Carlos Jobim from Brasil, composer of so many songs you have heard but may not know were written by him. Certainly Girl From Ipanema is his most well known work. But his works encompass so much more.
There are many versions of this song which have been performed by many. My earliest introduction to it was through another artist who is among my favorites, Paul Winter, from his 1969 Winter Consort Album:
I think it works best for me as an instrumental, even if the lyrics do speak about singing.
Probably a rough, rough English translation from Portuguese. I'm betting the lyrics were very idiomatic and nuanced:
Feel the beauty and
Forget the sadness
So much, so much
Sing, go, go
Follow singing alone
Here is a vocal version which has a series of artwork/pictures highlighting the theme of "beauty"
A very thoughtful piano rendition:
And finally Jobim (who is sadly deceased) himself at the piano with orchestra and choir:
Finally (you mean I haven't shaken you off yet?) a little artwork that made me think of the transitions so many of us here among our SparkFamily go through in our journeys, taking flight, reveling in our freedom and living our lives with SPARK!
Link to artwork: t.co/CSPJftIjmd
Wishing a fine week ahead to all!