Wow, wow, wow. That may have been the best birthday ever. I had a blast, and returned from Hippieville to an overflowing inbox of birthday wishes from all of you!! YAY!!! Thank you all so much for making my life richer. Seriously!
I will post so much more about Langerado when I have the energy and time (if you want more right away, read the CrossFade blog written by my homies at the Broward New Times) I just got back last night and I have to hit the salt mines running at top speed. But I will say this for now —
1. PLEASE no spoilers for The Wire yet! I think I already know what happened =(
2. Arrested Development is back, y’all! They put on an incredible show. It was a beautiful moment to be a part of. At the end, Speech declared “17 years of positive hip hop! Please support our new album!” I did, and so should you! They were amazing and I was so proud to be there.
3. The Roots KILLED IT. Oh my goodness. I think that ranks in my top five live music experiences of all time. If you’ve never seen The Roots live, get yourself a ticket the next time they come around your way. You will NOT be disappointed! As soon as those Langerado vids start cropping up on YouTube (and they will), I will try my best to post their performance of The Next Movement. I can’t even describe its awesomeness in words.
I took the above photo on Friday afternoon, which was a gorgeous day at the fest. I asked this beautiful, radiant couple if I could take their photo for my site (didn’t get their names. Thank you for allowing me to photograph you!) Why, you ask? Because they looked so happy, so in love, homegirl’s dress was GORGEOUS, and also because I wanted to prove a point to a friend of mine, who was all like, “don’t you feel weird about going to a white-people hippie festival?” Huh? First of all, hippies come in all colors, believe me. There were lots of brothers and sisters out there moving and grooving amongst the sea of corduroy patchwork and tie-dye. Second of all, NO! I didn’t feel weird at all. I love live music, and I love meeting new people. I refuse to limit myself to attending events based on what I expect the audience will be like. I say go out, have fun, make some new friends, try something different for a change, get out of that ridiculous box you’ve put yourself in.
I got my birthday wishes, and then some! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and I’ll choose Creme of Nature winners ASAP. I’ll hit y’all with a fresh post as soon as I am able! For now, here’s a throwback from 1992. Does that make you feel old? WOW, that feels like a long time ago. But this song has aged like wine, and everybody — I mean EVERYBODY — was singing along at their show. Amazing!
Happy Monday to you all!
** editor’s note — I’m thinking the people who keep asking is the above photo is of me haven’t been regular visitors to the site. This is me. The photo above is NOT me, it was a beautiful couple that allowed me to take their photo. So once again just to clarify, the above photo isn’t me, and that isn’t my husband. But they’re gorgeous, right? Black hippie love. What a beautiful thing.