A few years ago, this writer left the city behind and headed off on a trip to the beautiful Lake District in Cumbria to get out in the fresh air.
After a leisurely meander up what would turn out to be just a small hillock, one of my holiday-buddies suggested another walk “a bit longer than this one.” I asked how long he had in mind. “We might need to take lunch” was the reply.
I really enjoy walking, so a longer stroll sounded great. We’d picnic in the sun and take in the view. It would be the real Lake District experience! I signed up.
This is how it came about that my Air Max 90’s and I found ourselves staring into the abyss on the top of Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in England, with nothing to separate us from the icy jaws of certain death than the merest suggestion of grip between my worn-smooth-over-the-years trainer soles and a small ledge of slippery rock.
Prolific producer Nuage has never found himself in this situation. In fact, he’s never seen mountains. Never even seen one. On the one hand he’s missing out, a brush with death is exhilarating, but on the other at least he’s sure of his safety. He’s written a tune about it, called I Have Never Seen Mountains:
He’s from St Petersberg. Are there mountains near there? Is he lying?
Nuage seems to produce a new, perfectly formed tune weekly – they just keep coming. Here’s one of my favourites, After Rain:
Keep an eye on Nuage on his Soundcloud, where you’ll find a huge array of quality music. And get yourself to the Lake District if you’ve never been. It’s a beautiful place. I want to go back and do it again. This time I’ll take some proper shoes.
And a coat.