The Hills are Alive with the Sound Of Music, and Skateboarding
I recently realized that I’ve been skating for just shy of a decade now. I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled far and wide, shredding hills with incredible people from all over the world. And while skateboarding represents a good portion of my life these days, there is another love of mine. An unforgiving mistress, at times just as cruel, brutal, and yet just as rewarding as skateboarding: music. It’s something we all encounter at one point or another during our lives. The attraction of the jam, the romantic idea of playing music, on a stage for a large group of people. It possesses the same kind of exhilarating thrill, that concentrated feeling of satisfaction. Just as my epiphanic realization of my decade long relationship with the skateboard dawned on me, so too did the realization that music has influenced everything I’ve done for the past twenty-some years of my life. From the crowds I’ve run with to the way I’ve dressed, music led me to the people and places that fundamentally influenced me to do what it is I do today. If skateboarding is the building in which I currently reside, music has been the ground upon which it was built.
Cover image: Fullbag Gustav Galitis Pro Model Slalom Board vs. Nord Electro 2 Sixty One Key Organ[sam id=”11″ codes=”true”]
I believe that music and rhythm play a very serious role in all of our lives, one that is a lot more influential than you might think or even understand. For me, music has not only led me to skateboarding, but also influenced me in the way I ride. Music and skateboarding may be two completely different animals, but while originating from two separate worlds, they have numerous similarities. There is a rhythmic symbiosis that naturally occurs between the two. Just as rhythm and tempo are essential to music, so are these traits to skateboarding. Whether you have it or not, skateboarding demands a sense of inner rhythm. You need to be able to keep time to land a kick flip, possess some kind of innate flow to steeze out a slide. It comes from being in the groove. Sometimes this cadence comes naturally, in other situations it’s learned, but no matter how it happens, it begins to say a lot about who we are. Your style begins to represent your music, and your music ultimately represents your style.
However, while all of this elaborate comparing and contrasting is great, it essentially leads us to a simple question: So what? Why does this relationship matter? Why should I care about the similarities between music, rhythm, and skateboarding? My answer to you is yet another question: In a sport that shares so many similarities with a practice (music) that embodies the better understanding and appreciation of the elements of rhythm and groove, why would you want to be a breadstick?
Thanks for reading.
Now get into some music, acquire rhythm, and go skate.
This article is dedicated to the memory of Frankie Warren Knuckles Jr. Thank you for creating something that has gone on to inspire so many of us to achieve such incredible things. Your creativity and influence will live on through the people you shaped and inspired with your incredible music.
Thank you Frankie.