July 13, 2018

Welcome to Festpak’s inaugural blog post.  I’m glad you’re here!

The sixth annual Levitate Music & Arts Festival wrapped this past Sunday night, and by all accounts, it was a smashing success.  The festival has had me thinking this week about the idea of levitation— as in, what does it mean to levitate?  To rise above?

I’m speaking metaphorically, here, of course.  I have yet to achieve actual levitation, though who knows? Maybe with enough practice, I could one day physically hover above the ground.  Anything is possible. (That would be an interesting blog post…stay tuned.)  Rather, I’ve been thinking about the concept of “rising above” in the spiritual sense.  (Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, I’d like to point out that I’m nottalking about chemically-assisted levitation here.)

I think there’s one obvious answer to the question, “how do you levitate?”, and it’s the reason you’re reading this post: music.

We’ve all been spiritually lifted by music at some point. I can get lost in the poetry of song lyrics, and before long, I find myself being pulled up and away from all earthly thoughts.  At other times, music tugs at me in a subtle way, like when I’m in a public place and find myself singing out loud to whatever tune is playing in the background (or in my head).  The point is that when I lose myself in music, if only for a few minutes, I forget to be irritated, or rushed, or frustrated, or whatever it was I was feeling before the song swept me away. 

Perhaps that’s why so many of us are drawn to music festivals.  We go, because we want to be immersed in and lifted by the music, alongside a few thousand of our like-minded brothers and sisters. 

I’m grateful to the founders of The Levitate Music & Arts Festival for giving us the chance to rise above— to levitate— even if only for a couple of sun-drenched, sweaty, glorious days in July. 

How do you levitate?  We’d love to hear from you. 

Until next time,

Jenn

Photo credit - Andrew Bruss


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