When asked what kind of music they talked about, Conley said the three were inspired by Brian Wilson’s music and life story, which has been the subject of several recent movies. The co-founder of the Beach Boys has struggled with mental illness throughout his career.
“We talked about his life and what a fascinating musician he was,” Conley said, adding that when they weren’t praying or talking on the Camino they would listen to folk music, especially Bob Dylan, Weezer, and the Avett Brothers.
Along the way, Conley said there were many opportunities to evangelize, although he said he thought as many as 80% of those they encountered were not believers.
When asked why he thought they were there, Conley said, “I think there’s something in the human heart that’s a desire for a quest, something that’s difficult, that is physically demanding, but at the same time has sort of a spiritual element to it.”
“And those that we walked the Camino with that are not of any…