Last week I gave you a heads-up on this year’s Whole Earth Festival, held annually on the U.C. Davis campus.
Did you remember to attend the event last weekend?
Well, if you did attend, chances are you might not remember even if you did.
You know, that whole short-term memory loss associated with the utilization of certain herbal products.
I spent Saturday afternoon there, and stayed well into the evening, gyrating back and forth between the drum circle, two music stages, the earthy food selections, and by the tents and tables set up by crafters, political organizations, and people selling green technology. (That’s green technology, not green leafy material that our governor wishes to tax.)
This year, the drum circle seemed to undergo a change in the foreign country of emphasis as to the basis for musical inspiration.
For whatever reason, the beat shifted east from the continent of Africa to the continent of India.
In previous years, we mostly pounded on our drums, with a few cowbells thrown in occasionally for noise and the induction of short-term hearing loss (to add to the list of the other sensory depravations).
This year had plenty of drums, but a tribe of bare-bellied, coin-decorated, svelte women gravitated to the center of the drum circle, while some guy played one of those snake charmer flutes; also known as a Pungi (or also, a been, bean, or beap–according to the internets). Of course, available at Amazon.com for $36.98.
While I have nothing but respect for the entire country of India and sincerely appreciate all the time the Indian people help me over the phone to assist with my computer problems, I personally prefer a more traditional African drum circle, but again, that is just me.
So, from the scattered remains of a weekend of hopped up hippie hijinks and what appears to be either a CSI investigation gone bad or possibly food preparation for the dorm cafeteria, I’m Frank from Sand Dollar Adventures, reporting with this year’s musical theme, The Bleat Goes On (or at least in my head with that piercing pungi right next to my ear).