I have left the big, intensive city of San Francisco now. Tuesday to be more specific. My friend James from London came to the city on sunday and offered to pick me and Peter (who was also in town) up on the way up north. A timely offer to avoid the hassle of Greyhounding in the middle of the night.
So, tuesday morning we got into the car and started to roll out of the city, immediatelly noticing the difference in climate as you cross the Oakland-bridge and entering the rest of California. The climate in San Francisco is probably unique compared to the rest of the state because of it’s position in the bay.
It took us seven hours through the sunbleached meadows of California up to the forest covered hils of northern California and when we saw the snowy peaks of Mount Shasta, we knew we were getting closer.
We turned on the Kid A album by Radiohead on full volume in the car. Suprisingly not breaking the speakers.
Kid A is an album that it takes a while to get into. It’s perfect for long car drives and walks. Occasions where you can really put your entire attention on the music and let the landscape merge with the progression of the music through the 49 minutes and 57 seconds it takes to complete.
It is an album that demands something of you. If you play it in the background while doing something else it’s going to get to you, several of the tracks on the album would just be annoying. It demands of you to invest a part of yourself in it, and the larger the investment, the greater the gain. It is a composition where all the tracks hold together, forming a greater whole.
The only times I really listen to the album since I discovered it a month ago, is when I know that I can listen to it from start to end without getting disturbed. Often I listen to it with headphones so that I don’t miss all the details and the tiny sounds in the background. For example when three people sit in a car in silence, driving north, with a sound system good enough to encapsulate you.
Now I’m in the middle of nowhere, doing nothing. In a landscape that give you the feeling what it must have been like to come riding in on a horse from the east some time in the 1800’s to start a new life. A new future.
I don’t think it is a coincidence that some of the most revolutionary companies like Apple, Microsoft and Google, millions of start-ups and all the crazy venture capitalists was founded here on the west coast. The adventurers had already moved here.