When I was a child I listened to that Mary Traverse song over and over again. I loved the songs and styling’s of Peter, Paul and Mary but that song (Leaving on a Jet Plane) always got to me. Years later I found out it was written by John Denver, and frankly I love his music as well.
Traveling is such an interesting thing. Most people want to travel. But then there are those of us who travel all the time, and frankly for us travel is simply part of the job. I take pictures of where I have been, but it just isn’t the same as going there on a vacation. Its work after all – you are there to do your job.
Its funny how songs influence your life.
- Leaving on a jet plane always reminds me of the sadness of traveling. An epic Peter, Paul and Mary song.
- Heart of Gold by Neil Young always hits me about the search for love, and the acceptance of who you are.
- Old Man, also by Neil Young is all about wanting someone to approve what you are doing, and never quite getting it
When I first started traveling a lot (14 years ago) we didn’t have MP3 players. I had a portable cd player that I could carry on the plane, but then you also had to carry a bunch of CD’s. In 2000 I won a Rios Creative music player with a 20 gig HD and I took that with me.
Now I carry about 80 gig of music in my zune (and another 12 gig of audio books in my ipod). Amazing to me. But the sadness is still there when I leave.
Interesting that I have copies of the songs that shape my life, and the music that soothes and relaxes me, and its still sad to lave home.