Grace

It feels like it’s time for another piece of ambient music.

Yesterday, on the first official day of autumn, Sweety and I drove to the beach and spent all afternoon and early evening there. Strangely, more insects were chomping on us than any time this summer, but I suppose they were just stocking up.

We were at Patricia Beach Provincial Park, where there were a few cars in the south parking lot, many more at the north lot, and so we found a place in between that was very sparsely occupied. The forecasted gusting winds didn’t materialize (why couldn’t that happen when I’m cycling?!), and the sun was so warm. It was a gorgeous day, and quite possibly our last beach day of this season.

The water was calm though cold from the lower temperatures we’ve had over the past week or more, and the water level had dropped since our previous visit. The lake was very pleasing to look out on.

Patricia Beach, September 22, 2020. Photo © Steve West.

Moby’s 1997 album, I Like to Score, is a compilation of music intended for film soundtracks. Today’s track, “Grace,” was used in the art/experimental film Space Water Onion, by Paul Yates, in which Moby appears. (Interestingly, much of the short film takes place on a beach. And as another aside, I think the actor in the role of Man 2 looks a lot like Kier Dullea in when he played Commander David Bowman in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey… especially in the scenes that take place in a spaceship, which is mildly reminiscent of Discovery One, the Jupiter-bound spacecraft in 2001.)

The track “Grace” has a calmness to it that evokes the feeling one has hearing the sound of waves lapping the shore. (In the short film, grace seems intended to symbolize the characters’ acceptance of their fate.) And there is a haunting, rumbling sound in the background of the track; the kind of sound often used in film to represent the internal roar of the living earth as it slowly rotates, faithfully and with grace.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio for the song from Moby’s official YouTube channel:

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