Today’s high in NYC will be about 54°F. At Marina del Rey in Cali, about 63°F. I bring this up because no matter where you are, this Blood Diamonds Remix of CHVRCHES “The Mother We Share” will fit right into the day, especially if you happen to have a day like the one I did a few years ago:
October 29th, 2011, me, a friend of mine named Bill and two out-of-this-world hot Aussie chicks rented speedboats up by Marina del Rey for the day. We grabbed two boats and one girl each and headed out into a day that we had no idea of how in the world it would pan out.
The beginning of this remix feels like exactly what the beginning of our adventure that day felt like as I scan through the pictures of it in my memory bank: exciting, fast-paced, perfectly-chilled and bouncy in a way that the groove of the beat mirrors the bounce of the waves that day. Blue skies, beautiful smiles, memorable laughter, waves splashing and golden hair locks being blown in the wind.
That day we raced one another as the girls held on tight to their sun hats, inhaled some perfectly rolled up joints and sipped on beers. We alternated the races, mixing and matching competitors until we could see the Santa Monica pier. There, we stopped and shut off the engines enjoying the blissfulness and magic of the landscape around us, appreciating life with every single look we gave. And then, suddenly, we were blessed by the most beautiful natural event any of us had ever experienced: a massive pod of whales.
As we sat there in awe, we got nervous, we became excited and then we were simply left flabbergasted by the beauty of what we were just experiencing. It was literally 40 minutes of all sorts of dolphin, fish of all kinds and seagulls feasting on them, and a seemingly never-ending trail of whales galore. The dolphin came the closest to our boats as if to inspect the area and say hello, almost letting us know that we had nothing to worry about—so we didn’t worry.
To say that this day was magical would be an understatement and a disrespect to the entire experience. On our way back to the pier at Marina del Rey we were all so quiet and mellow, yet we had the largest grins anyone could see. That night we made LA more magical to those Aussie’s, and then the next morning we said our goodbyes, our “thank you’s” and we headed back home knowing that we would never see them again, but also, that they would never forget us for as long as they lived.
Maybe this song brings back a beautiful memory for you the way it has for me, or maybe, it becomes the soundtrack to a beautiful moment that you are about to have…