“Gonna travel, gonna travel wild and free
I’m gonna pack my bags because this great big world is calling me”
Elvis Presley – Harem Holiday
There is a quote in the book The Travels of Ibn Battutah that says, “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” It captures what many travelers feel. The stories and reflections travel inspires may be told or not. But the tales are there. Some share them through songs. While others do it by writing a story that sparks wanderlust in others. Whether you are looking for a good read or inspirations and ideas on where to go next, here are a few books that will make you want to pack your bags and go now.
Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk
Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk provides a more intimate look at one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world. Reading this book is like taking an immersive journey into a city seen from the lens of someone whose depth of understanding of the city makes you want to see and experience for yourself. You cannot read this book and not be moved by it.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho’s best-selling novel is an inspiring tale of a shepherd boy who wanted to travel in the hopes of finding treasures that will improve his lot in life. This book takes you on a mystical journey with the boy Santiago. It tells a captivating tale that include the path to wisdom that can be found in one’s quest to find riches some of which may not have been sought at the onset but made for the best treasures in life.
“I hope the people who wrote those songs are happy. I hope they feel it’s enough. I really do because they’ve made me happy. And I’m only one person.” – Stephen Chbosky
Ever wondered what makes a song unique? Why certain songs get more recognition than usual? Why certain songs give more feels than usual?
Ladies and gentlemen, here’s what makes a song unique:
Every song is different in its own way, but it usually has its own theme. This alone can attract hundreds of music lovers, just by searching any kind of music that closely relates to how they feel right now. This alone can also attract thousands of music lovers, just by creating any kind of music that completely relates to how other people feel right now.
Be it pop or rock and RnB or acoustic, music genres says a lot about how a song is created uniquely. One, a genre helps a music lover identify what kind of song he should be playing. Two, it helps a music lover find a theme that closely relates to how he feels right now. And third, it helps a music lover become more interested with other songs in the same type of genre.
Let’s say, you’re trying to write a love song. What would you do first? Build a structure, right? It’s also just like making a brand new house. You need a foundation (which can be your theme), a provision (which can be your genre), and a structure (which will help you write the best kind of love song out there). All of these can make a song unique – in its own way, as well as in its own pace.
Do you have any other ideas on what makes a song unique? Let us know in the comments section below!
Vacations are more fun when you get the chance to do things that appeal to your interests or hobbies. If you love music, you may want to indulge on some sightseeing trips to places that have strong links to the greatest tunes or artists the world has seen.
Enjoy live performances at the Preservation Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
New Orleans makes it to the top of many music lovers’ travel list. The place famous for its jazz music scene is home to many best-known artists. It also has many live performance venues to choose from. The Preservation Hall is a great place to catch some live performances of traditional New Orleans jazz. This is one place steeped with the city’s musical history and has the ambiance to show it.
Explore Graceland and Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, USA
A trip to Memphis is not complete without a visit to Graceland and Sun Studios among other notable sites. You do not have to be a fan of Elvis Presley or rock ‘n’ roll to add this to your itinerary. With Sun Studios located in the same city, it would be a shame if you do not drop by to what many refer to as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll.
Geek out at Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum in Seattle, Washington, USA
As the name suggests, the Experience Music Project Museum is a facility specifically for music. Apart from the music related exhibits, your inner geek will rejoice in the many interesting things you can find when exploring this place.
Shop for records at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles, California, USA
Amoeba Records is the best place to go records hunting. The massive shop is stocked with a wide array of CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records. Whether you are looking for that elusive record you wanted to buy or some DVDs of films you want to collect, there is no better place to indulge but here.
Soak in the music in Iceland
Iceland is home to many artistic people. There are several talented artists like painters and writers to name a few. And of course, it has its share of excellent musicians, performers, songwriters, and more. The place is also considered as one of the under the radar music festival destinations. But probably not for long, given the growing number of people discovering its vibrant music scene.
Take photos of the Joshua Tree in California, USA
Many U2 fans have already made the pilgrimage to the scenic park and take photos of the Joshua Tree. Regardless if you are a fan of U2 or not, a visit here should be worth the trip given the enchanting scenery.
Walk along the Abbey Road in London, England
When in London, make time to visit and walk across Abbey Road. It may seem silly, but it is not. After all, it has become a sort of tradition for many music fans out there to get that experience off their must-do list.