Off in the distance I see them, rising up before me, a wall of sleeping giants wearing garments tailored in Oz. Like a metallic thread of silver woven through their viridian overcoats, the road winds through these mountains, and I follow it until I eventually vanish deep inside Mother Nature’s masterpiece of peacock and lime. I turn my phone off. I turn the music up louder. Ambrosial air drifts in through my open window and with a gentle hand it brushes my face with the spirit of honeybees, bluebirds and moss. I am happily hidden inside the verdancy of a mountain Spring.
She rules this kingdom of earth with a mercurial wand, forever amused by our schedules and plans. Just as I am being led deeper and deeper into a sylvan paradise, others are looking up to the sky where an angry hydra of smoke and ash holds them to the ground with a force as fixed as gravity. She is both admired and feared, and rightfully so, for the same capricious hand that fans me with picnic breezes and hangs shimmering stars in my midnight sky may also hurl a screaming gale out over the glen, causing rain to fall sideways and trees to bow down in the face of her absolute power.
But oh, what an artist she is! With her magical paint box overflowing with infinite colour, her orchestras of birdsong, her lightning bolts, her moonlight, her auroras - she kindles Atlantis on this bouncing blue ball that hangs suspended in the cold astral darkness. And today, as I make my way through her heart-stopping painting of green, I am only too happy to be but one of her insignificant subjects, singing along to the music she plays all around me.
My perfect play list for a long, long drive through Mother Earth’s green mountains of Spring:
*all downloadable on iTunes
Rollin’ Home by Old Blind Dogs
First Train Home by Imogen Heap
Windmills Of Your Mind by Noel Harrison
Mother Nature’s Son by The Beatles
Been To Canaan by Carole King
White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes
Blackbird by The Beatles
Witchcraft by Frank Sinatra
Under The Weather by KT Tunstall
L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole
Mercy Of The Flame by Pat Terry
Catch The Wind by Donovan
You’ve Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger by Beth Rowley
I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love by Petula Clark
The Glow Worm by The Mills Brothers
Saturday Night At The Movies by The Drifters