Wilderness Running Company

One Thing

April 19th, 2010 by Stacy

Actually, two things.

First: the Mindbender review I mentioned last week has been posted. There’s a good chance you already follow iRunFar so there’s a similarly good chance you already knew this. As a longtime fan of iRunFar, I’m very pleased to be working with them and have every reason to think the Mindbender review is just the first collaboration of what will be longer term relationship. An unanticipated development is that Vasque has offered to give away two pairs of the Mindbender in support of the review. So, if you haven’t already, check it out, and leave your name in the comments to enter the drawing.

Second: if there is an activity I find as inherently meditative as wilderness running it might be listening to the music of Sigur Rós. A few years ago, at the conclusion of a long world tour, they played a series of free shows in mostly small, unique venues (an abandoned fish factory, for example) all across their native Iceland. They also made a beautiful film called Heima that splices footage from these shows with lush videography of the people and landscape of their homeland. Lately, I’ve frequently been watching excerpts of Heima in lieu of reading before bed. Guaranteed to slooow my heart rate. I had been thinking of posting a clip as a One Thing for a few weeks; the events of last week sealed it. So, below is a trailer for the film. Committed aesthetes – and Sigur Rós fans – can stream the whole thing here.

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One Response to “One Thing”

  1. Gretchen says:

    Wow, you know, I rarely watch videos online because my internet connection is so slow. By some miracle I had the patience for this one to load, and thank goodness. I am a music lover, but this is way off my musical radar, so thank you , Stacy. Not only intensely beautiful music, but the video, and the editing! Oh my goodness, the way it was put together! I don’t know what he was singing about (“home” I’m assuming?) but it was rather heart wrenching. I also have kind of a thing for the endless metaphors contained within kite flying.

    I must also shamefully confess to looking up “aesthetes” in the dictionary. This, I believe, makes me possibly, A) A sub-par English teacher, B) An inadequate reader/writer or C) A dedicated believer in life-long learning for bothering to look it up. Um, yeah. Also, probably not an aesthete. Oh well.

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