For most of us here, I think it’s safe to say that music drives much of our lives. It can bring us together locally & globally, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Live music in particular creates a special kind of convergence of all these things.* This is Jenna’s story~
It was the midst of the heated summer of 2007, in Brisbane, Australia. The Soundwave Festival was in it’s first year at the Brisbane Riverstage, an outdoor amphitheater on the banks of the river, among botanical gardens. Some major acts of the punk world were set to hit the stage, and Jenna was not about to miss this epic show. Iron Maiden was also set to play soon, so her and her then-partner decided to get tickets to both, though by the time Soundwave came ’round, their young relationship had ended.
Determined to get to the shows, the two formed a truce, each taking on the driving for a show, the other supplying the food & booze, and enjoying their personal freedom! Sometimes the music is just more important, and sometimes, it’s most important to experience the love and wildness of the world on your own. This, for Jenna, was made evidently clear at the Soundwave Fest.
There was a sweet vibe in the crowd. Dancing under the hot summer sun with a few thousand, cold beers and abundant herb, all leading up to the Deftones & Offspring. Enjoying herself and the music, Jenna was feelin’ it, and crowd surfed her way up to Chino Moreno! An experience she may not have had, had she not been on her own. The universe has its own way of letting us know, that no matter the trials, headaches, or maybe even heartache we may go through, it was still all worth it in the end.
~Sometimes, you can get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right~
Other times, it’s made perfectly clear from the beginning. Mardi-Gras is another favorite festival of Jenna’s, and sounds like a dream.
It’s held in Nimbin, a town high in the mountain ranges of New South Whales, where hippies of the world come to march for their *right* to smoke marijuana.
Can you imagine? A town of rainbow painted buildings filled with hemp, patchwork and glass, where strangers stop strangers just to shake their hand. A weekend of jamming and global community, camping and all the herbal goodies you could wish for…
A magical place amongst the heavens, where Jenna spent her time in the Rainbow Chai tent. While teaching and spinning poi in Nimbin’s Peace Park, she met a variety of international characters.~An unbelievable poi spinner who traveled from Mongolia (A forgetful one at that, seeing as Jenna had to later track him down to return his poi) ~An Israelite militant on vacation with whom Jenna discussed culture and life over tea & biscuits; and ~the Swedish backpacker who she shared a ride to the city of Murwillumbah with, while he jammed on his guitar the whole way.
Everybody’s playing in the Heart of Gold Band.
Thank you Jenna,
It’s a blessing to be part of a team where Everybody’s playing in the Heart of Gold Band, As an artist in another country it’s beautiful to see where the love of the festivals and music arose from and even sweet to see the trials and changes we go through with and for our music and where it guides us to go!
Love, Mary and the Deadhead Art Alliance
As an artist in another country it’s beautiful to see where the love of the festivals and music arose from and even sweet to see the trials and changes we go through with and for our music and where it guides us to go!
Keep that creativity Flowing,
Deadhead Art Alliance, Team Captain
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