On our second walk the topic we explored was about attitudes to music from ancient to modern times – from Pythagoras and his mysticism to the high-tech BBC sound lab. creators of the Dr Who theme. We determined to delve into some lesser known features. Pythagoras, for example, known for his maths (right-angled triangles, squares on hypotenuses, etc.) had an influence on music that extended right up until the 17th century, with his ideas about using musical harmony to describe how our planetary system and the universe ‘works’. We talked about the influence of religious institutions on music, folk music, its links with rural life and later jazz improvisation and finally, in recent times the revolutionary changes that technology and the internet have wrought. Music is no longer what it used to be and is still changing with great rapidity – the way it is produced, how it is performed, how we listen.
All the way, as we walk and talk, we are keeping our eyes open for unusual wildlife and history in the landscape. On this most recent walk, for example, we explored the Norman ‘White Castle’, found a Purple Hairstreak butterfly and later, at the ancient church, St Cadoc’s in Llangattock, a Lesser Horseshoe Bat and a fabulously carved rood beam. 125 miles to go.