CAPE COD – I spent a lot of time looking at waves this year.
It was by choice. It was by necessity. This year, I needed the waves of Cape Cod to keep me balanced.
The beaches of Cape Cod, and I mean every beach I have found so far, are – if such a thing exists for me – my church.
That’s a weird thing for me to say. Long ago, through trial and error and an early childhood religious education, I learned that I am an atheist.
But my sense of wonder at the mysteries of nature and especially of the beauty and power of the ocean has only grown. The world is truly awesome, in the formal meaning of the word.
I am drawn to the waves. They comfort me. They astonish me. And they can strike fear in me.
As a wise older surfer once told me, “You can’t ride a light wave. You can’t ride a sound wave. But you can ride an ocean wave. And life comes at you in waves.”
They are like snowflakes in that no two are alike. And they remind me in all of their variety and awesomeness, along with their destructive power, that the only heaven or hell I get is right here.
Thus, I’m always searching for heaven. And on a beach, while pondering waves, I have found it – or at least one of my favorite versions of it.
So these are some of the waves I have seen this year.
And I keep learning over and over that no matter what happens, the waves do not stop. You may stop – I have sadly seen too many people stop – but the waves do not stop.
So while you are here, don’t stop. I may be wrong, but I think this is one hell of a heaven.
Happy New Year. Enjoy the waves it brings you.
— Finally, I would like to thank The Grab Brothers, and especially songwriter Larry Grab, for the perfect original song, “Time Gives Time” that accompanies this video. This is now the eighth time I have combined my videos of Cape Cod with the music of The Grab Brothers. The band, recently signed to a recording contract, seems to always have a parallel vision to mine that I think makes these videos into quick beautiful paintings of some specific moments on Cape Cod.
To learn more about The Grab Brothers, to find where they are playing next, or to buy their original music, click here.
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