This weekend, perhaps 150 thousand or more music lovers
will come to the shores of our town lake
and they will brave heat, humidity, and difficulties in transportation,
and they will sit in their chairs that they haul, or lounge on blankets,
or just stand, as they move to the rhythms and flow
offered by six gigantic stages, and a hot tent.
This is no normal flow of folks.
These are gigantic waves of people like you see at a football stadium,
but there is no stadium.
This is the fifth year of this thing, and thank goodness,
the temperatures this year will not even get close
to the brain numbing, dust creating 108 degrees of last year.
This is Pop Music on Steroids.
The Stages are simply huge.
The lights and the sound are power pounders.
As you walk from the sound range of one into the next,
there is a remarkably small area of "no mans land" cacophony.
It all works pretty well.
Years ago, I promoted some rock and roll shows.
At one, someone got bit by a Rattlesnake.
We didn't have enough portapotties, or enough cover, or enough anything.
But we had soul. (at least we thought we did)
But that was early in the maturity cycle of pop music,
and these are most definitely different times.
I guess we could have asked AT & T to sponsor
our stage back then, but they probably would have asked us
what we were smoking. (none of their business)
Last night, the soul was in the hot tent.
We danced and moved as the African band played their style
flawlessly and soulfully,
as if they were in it for the art or perhaps for the pure joy of it.
The sweat, the dust, the slight wiff of pot reminded me of years before.
I wondered how many of these people know about the realities
of Resource Depletion and Climate Change.
I wondered how many of these people understand
that their culture is married to an unsavory, lie to your face
who won't stop hitting up and who won't stop stealing.
If we could take this human energy, this weekend energy
and the emotional energy of last weeks football extravanganza,
and direct it towards the real problems that face us,
We would be on the road to a sustainable and prosperous future
There is a sustainable fair next weekend.
And it will be large for such things.
Perhaps 10,000 will come to it.
It's a start, for a beginning, to an end.
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