The Music in “Would You?”

This blog entry was originally posted on October 05, 2003.

Because so many people send me emails asking the same question, I’ve decided to answer it here:

Q:  What is the name of the song in “Would You?” and who is the artist?
A:  The name of the song is “Nara” and the artist is DJ/composer E.S. Posthumus. 

I first discovered E.S. Posthumus when I was trying to figure out who did the music for the turbo-charged Spiderman trailer in 2002.  Based on that song, titled “Pompeii,” I bought his CD and discovered an even better track, “Nara.” 

I fell in love the track immediately with its perfect blend of being melancholy, uplifting and powerful, all at the same time.  Not many songs can pull this off.

I played it over and over on my iPod while riding the subway and it inspired me to storyboard “Would You?” on a scrap piece of paper while I was under the Hudson River somewhere.  A couple of weeks later, I combined it with some of my best photography shots from around the world and the “Would You?” slideshow was born. 

Originally, I made it just as an inspirational presentation for myself to keep my sanity for giving up my apartment and adjusting to a new lifestyle of travel, but I had no idea it would become such a hit with others.  It continues to be forwarded around the world, and I always get e-mails from strangers asking about the music.

You may have heard “Nara” in a couple of movie trailers and in an HBO promo.  Surprisingly, the CD which it is a part of, entitled Unearthed, is not available in any retail store.  You have to purchase the CD through his website:  If you like “Nara,” the entire CD is great and I highly recommend it.  That and Rob Dougan’s CD Furious Angels, which you can actually buy in a store.

Special Thanks to Risa Cantimbuhan and Betty Valdez for pledging The Global Trip 2004 Pledge Drive!  You are guaranteed some postcards!

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Comments for “The Music in "Would You?"”

  • Hey

    I’ve been married for 8 years and Jay’s (my husbands) parents don’t speak english and I don’t speak Spanish. We have communicated forever with si, bien and hello + gestures. It can work very very well. Except it doesn’t work when they try and have us move back into their place or closer to them. Ha

    Posted by Neven  on  10/23  at  07:16 PM

  • Hey, a friend on a photography website posted your link.  I would love to travel around the world.  I was just looking at taking some classes overseas next summer.

    How much does it cost to do something like what you are doing?

    I wish I could go with you, your trip sounds like fun.

    Posted by Christy  on  10/31  at  06:56 PM

  • Christy:  great to hear you got word of my blog… what’s your friend’s name? 

    The general rule of thumb for a RTW trip is about $10,000 US per year…  the buck goes a long way in other countries… if you can save more, you can splurge more…  you should go buy Rolf Pott’s “Vagabonding” and Doug Lansky’s “Rough Guide: First Time Around the World”

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  11/01  at  12:39 AM

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