MTM and I had exactly one CD in common when we merged our collection: U2 Greatest Hits 1980-1990. One duplicate in our wildly divergent musical library. How could a person who lusted after crooners and a person who liked dissonant noise ever live in peaceful harmony?
Answer: Cafe del Mar.
The second stop on our whirlwind honeymoon tour of Australia was Heron Island, a dot on the Great Barrier Reef we could circumnavigate in twenty minutes. Our room faced west, through the wispy fronds of a she oak tree to the line where water met sky beyond, the spot where the sun sank into the ocean every evening.
Our room contained a lone CD, its cover sporting an almost naked woman submerged in a sea of coral. Doubtful, I stuck it in the CD player as we prepped for the communal seafood buffet.
What is this? MTM came in from the peace of our patio, pointing in the direction of the chilled out speakers.
I don’t know. A CD that was in here. It’s chill, isn’t it?
MTM picked it up and caressed the lines of the woman on the front. Huh. From a club on Ibiza. Too bad I never went over there when I was living in Spain.
So, you LIKE this?
Yeah. It’s relaxing. YOU like it?
Yes. I do.
We finally found a genre of music upon which we could agree. Techno chill. Every time I listen to Cafe del Mar Volume Eight, I am back in Australia. Watching sharks dart through the undulating fields of coral on the Reef. Climbing to a lone point in the Grampians in the spitting rain. Feeling the mist of the Southern Ocean along the Great Ocean Road. Getting lost in Melbourne.
Magical music for a mystical place in time.
Is there a type of music over which you bonded with someone special in your life?
This post is part of the series The Soundtrack of Life. If this is your first visit to the series, please click here for the first installment, click here for the second, click here for the third, and click here for the fourth. MTM wrote a great guest post yesterday, which you can find here. Thanks for your contributions and insights in the comments. They always enrich this blog, especially in a series like this one.