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Handel for hiking
December 18, 2011 06:45AM
You know the problem. You are hiking along the trail, happy in your pace, and bit by bit you mind starts to wander...and the next thing you know, you are humming a little tune. In most cases, it's not a tune you would normally choose, and there are people who go to great measures to get rid of these so-called earworms.

As a musician, I have a different approach. I embrace the idea, but I get to pick the tune. If I find myself humming along, I often select the appropriate music for the trail. Sometimes I choose a piece of music that I am practicing, because that really helps me explore the different ways to play certain passages. I take control of the earworm.

Other time times, I simply pick a great piece of music that seems to catch my mood and the terrain, and hum along happily.

So in the holiday spirit, I'd like to share favorite earworm from Handel's wonderful Messiah. And as you are struggling up a steep trail, or down in into deep canyon in the wilderness, this is just the music you need to keep going. The lyrics?

"Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low, the crooked straight, and the rough places plain."

Hallelujah!



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Re: Handel for hiking
December 19, 2011 05:42PM
Hallelujah right back at you. Great song with great lyrics.
Re: Handel for hiking
December 30, 2019 10:03AM
Hmm. Can't say I'm really interested in the Sierra Nevada being flattened out - it's the varied topography and geology that makes it fun. But when hiking in Yosemite, I generally prefer to play the music in my head rather than listen through headphones, and that will often mean Brahms 2nd or 3rd symphonies. Or certain parts of Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony, depending on what I'm seeing and the weather.

In other places I've sometimes listened to music while hiking. Through headphones, of course.
Re: Handel for hiking
December 30, 2019 05:01PM
Another nice one is the second movement to Beethoven's 7th Symphony...great rhythm for a nice long slow climb..



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avatar Re: Handel for hiking
December 31, 2019 11:26AM
Or if you're in a hurry:


Re: Handel for hiking
January 01, 2020 08:41AM
Ha! Or the theme from Miss Gulch from the Wizard of Oz...



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/01/2020 08:44AM by balzaccom.
avatar Re: Handel for hiking
January 01, 2020 05:04PM
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balzaccom
Ha! Or the theme from Miss Gulch from the Wizard of Oz...

I have that on my phone as a ringtone for a certain person.
Re: Handel for hiking
January 01, 2020 07:00PM
Cool. The funniest ring tone I ever heard was in Spain. When the guy's wife called, we heard the screeching violins from the shower scene from Psycho...



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