At the peak, there was much less greenery than the lower portions of the mountain. Plants were much smaller. Wildlife was sparse, save for the odd eagle that swooped over top my head. For as serene and tranquil the peaks were, there was very little life up there.
Given that there is nothing sustainable at the peak, why did I feel so strongly about reaching the top? Why go through all the toil and sweat? I pondered this as the clouds wisped by and morphed into anything my imagination desired. And that's when it hit me. The spirited man cannot reject the call of the wild. The perspectives gained – to fearlessly explore – and lessons learned – that nature has its place for everything and it is all in balance – are invaluable.
I feel my most creative and best self when immersed in nature and this hike only reinforced that. After being stuck for months, I finally felt unimpeded and free. It's of no surprise that all this inspiration tied seamlessly back into music making. Because of that I fearlessly used all kinds of different FX (auto panning, phasers, delays, harmonized reverb) to capture the spaced out vibe of the track (a lot of it didn't make it into the final mix). I struck a perfect balance between adding synth layers and only using the bare essentials. With momentum on my side, I finished the bulk of the track in the week after the hike. I think the hike freed my mind, and gave it a much needed creative respite.
I'm well aware that going on a huge hike or a bunch of trips just to get over writer's block isn't sustainable. But simply knowing you have ability to get over writer's block, gives you the reassurance not to succumb to it in the future.