this morning at seven i left the house and ran 2.5 miles through the nearby woods and fields with castle james.
i had my iphone in my hand and i was using an application to time/distance the run but i left the headphones at home. it has been several weeks since i last listened to music as i ran. it turns out, i like the sound of real life happening around me more than sound tracking my run.
i was reminded of how much has changed in the world, in our towns, in our society since the invention of the walkman. a small, portable, system for tuning out of relationship with the world around us. pop on your headphones and disappear into your own new land with music of your choice. now you are excused from hearing the birds sing, the frogs calling to each other in the wetlands, your dog panting beside you. with headphones on you won’t stop to say hello to the woman you pass every wednesday morning on the sidewalk. you’ll barely even notice those kids playing in front of the yellow house you jog past.
i’ve been running to the soundtrack of the woods and my suburban town. i think i’ll stick with it.