THE SECRET LIE

By J.J. Colagrande

10_shore-morris4The American music festival is not what it seems—not even Shakedown Street. You can’t have light without shadow. You can say the ideal music festival would go down a certain way. I can say this place is all about peace signs and harmony and it’s all-good, but it’s a lie. There’s violence and poison and betrayal just like the country where we have these festies. And just like America some think they’re better than others. It’s all a lie. That kind of elitist attitude contradicts the vibe the festival allegedly puts out. The vibe of righteousness is self-righteousness in disguise. The vibe of being humble could be a Land of Ego; there are wolves in sheep’s clothing. There are hippiecrits. The peace and love and screw the system attitude for many is an excuse to be irresponsible. Look at Thelonious. Go ahead and Google Thelonious Horowitz. There’s nothing on the guy. He’s almost famous, not notorious. Who was he to disrupt the forces of The Show? What power did he have? There are many forces at work. Some might say magic. A natural mystic flowing in the air. When someone acts they must expect their actions to be held accountable. Still, this scene works. We can be young here. We can be ourselves. We can take it and make it ours. We’re all freaks here. I tried to explain this to the officer when they interviewed me about Thelonious. It’s a wacky Family we have here. Who gets along with everyone in the Family? Family is like a Mr. Goodbar, the chocolate is sweet but there are nuts too. So if an American music festival is lying when it gives off the vibe that everything is all-good—don’t blame the festival. It doesn’t know it’s lying.  To most, this is just music. But it’s more than that, and like America, this place isn’t fair and it’s far from perfect.

SHORE MORRIS IS JUST ONE [highly opinionated] FICTIONAL CHARACTER IN HEADZ [and he is a little extreme, especially politically] CLICK HERE TO READ THELONIOUS’ DESCRIPTION OF A MUSIC FESTIVAL

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