A few weeks ago on a bright Sunday
morning while approaching the crest of a hill on Route 143 in the Town of Peru, a soft steady breeze swirled around me as gospel inspired piano keys started playing over my headphones. The piano intro was followed by drums lightly tapping out the rhythm in the background and Aretha Franklin began singing:
Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel so uninspired
And when I knew I had to face another day
Lord, it made me feel so tired
Before the day I met you, life was so unkind
But you’re the key to my peace of mind
‘Cause you make me feel
You make me feel
You make me feel like a natural woman
And with the sun in my eyes and blue skies overhead, church was in session. I felt so uplifted by the music playing. I felt I had found confidence and serenity in the same moment knowing that I had just scaled one of the tallest peaks in the state; I knew at that moment I was going to make it! Over the next few weeks I started keeping a list of my favorite music tracks while hiking.
I like to listen to music saved on my IPhone in the shuffle mode. So my playlist selection is eclectic, and includes classics from Aretha Franklin, Beck and Donny Hathaway, along with more recent artists Justin Bieber, Jay Z and Janelle Monae.
The playlist also showcases up and coming artists who you may not be familiar with like Mausiki Scales of Atlanta.
I also will tweet the playlist on Sunday.
MassWalk 2017 Summer Playlist:
You Never Can Tell, Chuck Berry
Hotel 49, Chet Baker
Now’s the Time, Charlie Parker
Life Is Worth Living, Justin Bieber
Take A Picture, filter
Las Cosas Pequenas, Prince Royce
Stay, Meshell Ndegeocello
Bustin Loose, Chuck Brown
Funky Guru, Prem Joshua
Ay Vamos, J Balvin
Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair, Nina Simone, Jaffa (Remix)
August Day Song, Bebel Gilberto
Diamond Dust, Jeff Beck
Freedom Flight, Mausiki Scales