Lost Lake Festival – The Power of Music
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’.
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 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.
LOST LAKE MEMORIES
Below you will find a handful of songs and media that capture some of the magic I experienced in Phoenix #LostLakeMemories
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.
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*
Witnessing The Killers perform “Human” with a laser show and singing along with friends – need I say more? #LifeIsComplete
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.
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.
Big G Lost Lake 2017 from Katie Wimpari on Vimeo – 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.
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.
Lil Jon (DJ set) Lost Lake 2017 from Katie Wimpari on Vimeo – 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.
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.
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.