The Power of Music | Lost Lake Festival
A few weeks ago I attended the inaugural year of Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix, Arizona. Of the many concerts and weekend events I have attended this was my first EDM type festival. The music was absolutely stellar, but the concept behind Lost Lake Fest was even more amazing.
The Lost Lake Code:
“Be Here. Be One. We may hail from different corners of the Valley, but we’re all here now. Make new friends, taste new flavors, try new things. Dive in and embrace it all, together!”
I went with my boyfriend, Matt, and when we arrived I was introduced to a group of his friends, Team Good Vibes, that came to enjoy the festival as well. As the weekend progressed and Sunday came, our quaint crew of five or so became a huge gaggle of new and old friends floating from stage to stage together. Everyone said hi to everyone, there were no fights, people apologized if they bumped into you - the vibes, y’all. The vibes were so good, and it was an unforgettable experience to be dancing around thousands of beautiful souls. And to top it off, the local food and drinks tied the whole weekend together. Sushi burritos, drinks with names like “Scorpio’s Bite” and “Orion’s Kiss”, Cuban sandwiches - so many cocktails and snacks, so little time.
Back to the vibes, though. There were a few moments where there was a change in the energy, a positive charge buzzing through all of us. I am sure a lot of you reading this know how powerful music can be.
That weekend, music brought all of us together. It was a beautiful three days, filled with laughter, deep conversations, and movin' to the groovin'.
While reading a book a few days after the festival, I came across a poem that I felt seemed to reflect the meaning of Lost Lake and the purpose it had in all of our lives.
Coincidence? I think not. #GraciasUniverse
For your reading pleasure, I present to you “Ithaka” by Constantine P Cavafy.
C. P. Cavafy
As you set for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon - don't be afraid of them:
you'll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon - you won't encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind -
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.
Lost Lake was a trading station to take in sensual perfumes. For some like myself, a harbor seen for the first time. It was one of many experiences on our our long voyage to enlightenment and living a rich and satisfying life. It was a time for us to admire the mother of pearl, and gather stores of knowledge. To connect with others as they are journeying along beside you and I.
Do I have new favorite songs and lots of fun pictures after that weekend? Yes, yes I do. But Lost Lake gave me the opportunity to find a vast web of souls that see life through the same lenses as I do. And that, my friends, is priceless.
As you continue on with your day (or night), I hope your thoughts are raised high, and that Cyclops and Laistrygonians don't scare you today. Or any day for that matter. Keep your soul pure, and keep Ithaka always in your mind.
If you keep scrolling, you will find a handful of songs and media that capture some of the magic I experienced in Phoenix #LostLakeMemories
Lost Lake memories
"Medicine" - Striking Matches
Before the festival, I was already becoming a big fan of Striking Matches. They were scheduled early during the first day of Lost Lake, but their energy was powerful with solely the duo on stage. "Medicine" was one of the last songs Striking Matches played, and by the end they had everyone singing along. It made for a wonderful Friday afternoon.
"The Worst" - Murs
Like with Striking Matches, I was very excited to see him due to my pre-fest Spotify jam sessions. Prior to performing this song, Murs announced that there was a very special guest in the crowd - that special guest was his son's Pre-K teacher, and asked her not to judge him for his next song. *insert laughing*
"Human" - The Killers
Witnessing The Killers perform "Human" with a laser show and singing along with friends - need I say more? #LifeIsComplete
"Shadow Man (feat. Phoelix, Smino & Saba)" - Noname
Again, was becoming a big fan as the festival quickly approached. Super chill set, love her style, and I think back to swaying in the sunshine to her words as they radiated from the speakers.
"Got The Love (feat. Jennifer Hartswick)" - Big Gigantic
Our little gaggle was gathered up a ways from the Piestewa stage, chilling in the grass with multiple conversations taking place while we waited for Big Gigantic to perform. When the first few notes soared out from the speakers, the waves began to flow in. Streams of happy humans were filling up the area like pouring water into a glass. Not in a chaotic frenzy though. As everyone passed by, there were smiles, closed eyes of contentment, raised arms, and hoots of joy. Not a single trace of negative energy was amongst that rolling ocean of good vibes. It was one of the most beautiful moments of my young life.
"Corners Of The Earth (feat. RY X)" - ODESZA
This is one of ODESZA's new songs from their album A Moment Apart, and during the performance it felt as though everyone was there worshipping life itself. The song has a heavenly, pure sound. And the visuals across the back of the stage slowly panned through bright vaulted archways, like you were floating through a cathedral. This was also a very beautiful moment, and one I will never forget.
For more songs that captured the Lost Lake experience, listen to my Got The Love playlist on Spotify.
Afterglow video recap here.
And below, pics & vids:
The art installments through Steel Indian Park - amazing and so much fun.
(Perfect for photo ops)
Watching as an ocean of people washed in with the first notes of Big G's set, the sunset turning everything into a pastel wonderland... Magical y'all. Freaking magical.
When you think "Lil Jon"... yea, we we did not have super high expectations either. But if you ever find out he is performing a DJ set close by, you best be there and ready to rave till your legs give out.