Thursday, February 12, 2009
Crack the sky
I-75, Somewhere in Kentucky
December 2008 [Click to enlarge]
Tom Cochrane (Wiki, bio) is a Canadian musician who's been on my iPod - or Walkman, or whatever I bolted to my ears way back when - ever since I started expressing a preference in tunes. He's an Officer of the Order of Canada - one of our country's highest honors - largely because he not only defined the direction of Canadian music for an entire generation of singer-songwriters, but because he's always been so focused on giving back, building community, ensuring there's opportunity for others who follow.
One of his tunes, Crack the Sky (Breakaway) - from the utterly brilliant album, Neruda - popped into my head as we sped down the interstate on our way to a warmer, happier place. This always happens to me when the sun's rays poke down through the clouds, seemingly painting the sky in the process. Fractured as this world can be at times, it's just as capable of creating a wow moment when you least expect it.
Your turn: Got a favorite song from your past that shares itself with you from time to time? Why does music tend to revisit us in this manner?
About this photo: First, it supports this week's, Thematic Photographic theme, Up. Please click here if you'd like to participate. Second, I took this pic at about 110 km/h (no worries, my wife was driving at the time!) Shooting from a speeding car is usually a recipe for photographic disaster. But with a little underexposure on the foreground, I was able to throw the landscape into silhouette and manage a shutter speed high enough to freeze the detail. Sometimes, you just get lucky.