There are only two tunes in my head whenever I’m up on top of a mountain. One is silence. The other one, the “Lonely Shepherd”.
To the unfamiliar, this is an instrumental piece characterized by the sentimental sound of the pan flute as performed by Big Band leader James Last and the Master of Pan Flute himself, Gheorghe Zamfir. Want to know how lonely this tune is? Check it out here in YouTube.
Long before people started experiencing this masterpiece on “Kill Bill” I’ve been humming it in my soul. In my solitude on the shore, in the silence of the night, and most especially every emotive moments on top of a lonely mountain. You see, there’s this jumble of sadness and joy in one’s mental state once he’s in a thousand-mile-stare atop the summit, not just cherishing the panorama, but in a deeper rumination. The serenity, the air, the freedom, the unexplained sensation. Supplement them all with a moving hymn in your head and it’s a total solemnization of the soul.
People might judge me as a sappy person, when in fact I’m a hopeless romantic. But the ecstasy it brings standing on such immense heights, surmounting it all, adoring the spectacle, always induces me to harmonize to an apt melody. Though I have to admit, I am no Baroness Maria von Trapp fan.