LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Located at an elevation of 5,741 feet in Canada's first national park (Banff), the water of Lake Louise has a transcendent turquoise color that if anything looks even better during the kind of rainy, overcast day I was there. Scientists say the color is produced by something called rock flour – particles of rock eroding into the lake from nearby glaciers.
"The secret to successful songwriting is the ability to paint a picture." – Paul McCartney
Whether or not I have succeeded is debatable, but this is what I've tried to do with many of my songs, including the one I've posted here called "Mojo Bungalow."
For this article, Mike Starling and Gene Purcell were tasked (perhaps by themselves) with writing an A to Z guide to the Mississippi River for visitors to La Crosse, Wisconsin.
SYDNEY, Australia – Two Australian Aboriginal street musicians introduced me to the musical instrumental known as the didgeridoo, and I knew immediately that I had to incorporate it into my music. Its primal growl made me feel like I was being transported back to the beginning of time.
One thing I’ve learned about travel is that it can be incredibly educational… if you actually let it.
Riding High: Once the Hard Work is Done on the Ground, Nothing is More Exhilarating than a Trip in a Hot-Air Balloon
A hot-air balloon floating gently through blue skies. What could be more peaceful?
Not much. But getting the balloon in the air – now that’s another story, which happened on a sunny, breezy day last month.
FIRA, Greece – A young street musician earns a few euros in the town of Firá, a city with breathtaking views perched high on the cliffs above the Aegean Sea on the island of Santorini.
One day this summer I woke up and realized I was in South Dakota. Then I remembered the really scary part. I was there on purpose.
What was it like living in an abandoned New Orleans in the weeks after Hurricane Katrina? Inspired by the emails one New Orleans photographer sent to his evacuated friends, my song “Katrinaville” is an attempt to capture the surreal nature of that moment in history,
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – While touring the hurricane-torn Lower Ninth Ward here this week, I saw the flooded home of the music legend, Fats Domino, who never moved from the poor neighborhood where he grew up. Friends and fans scrawled a heartfelt goodbye to the man they loved and thought they had lost – "R.I.P Fats, you will be missed" – but as it turns out, Fats survived.
I REMEMBER TRAVEL
Journeys in sight and sound by Mike Starling
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