Monthly Archives: May 2010

Songs that bring me Burning Man

I woke up this morning feelin’ a little homesick, so i thought i’d share songs with you that bring me early morning sunrises watching bikes do lazy circles in the long shadows of art sculptures, people dancing under the fading stars drinking tea, trampoline bounces, houses on wheels, flocks of unicorns, long desert drives & everything that the pilgrimage to the playa provides.

Photo by Alan Davis.

“Avalon” by Juliet
My first journey to burning man, my rideshare popped this CD in & we grooved through the pine trees up the 395, PVC pipes sticking out my hatchback until we arrived in a dust storm.

“For Your Pleasure” – Fred Everything Featuring Karl the Voice
I feel that electronic music resonates deeply with people that attend burning man, because the treble & bass replicates the intense highs & lows of being in a socially unrestricted environment that encourages one to live in the moment. This is one of those pleasurable songs that sounds like a warm afternoon on an art car, or a breeze on a 50 foot platform alone watching a sunset.

Photo by Alan Davis.

Glitterball” & “Hayling” by FC Kahuna
FC Kahuna has some great dancey beats like you’d hear at the deep end — Hayling is an exception, one of my friends mentioned that they’d play it while coming over the 447 every year…

“Gypsy Queens” by Balkan Beat Box
One morning as the sun was rising, i was dashing down a street to find a portaloo, and i came across an entire New Orleans Paddleboat on wheels & it had an entire band playing interstellarethnomash music, similar to Balkan Beat Box. I stopped & did a jig in the street. Totally parade worthy!

Photo by Mad.Cat

“Dust Devil” by Butthole Surfers
I’ve never heard this song at Burning Man, but if DPW had a theme song… “A flaming mass of oil & gas… and screams of ecstasy!”

“Freak Out” by Colorshow
Some of my burner crew has this awesome Pop Hop band called Colorshow. Last year, one of my friends rode up to our camp on a giant banana blaring this song. Yes, we’re gonna freak that ass out.

This is just a short compilation of music that brings me back to Black Rock City — how about you? Any songs that bring you the playa? Please share!

Million Bubble Power

A coupla months ago, i was whisked out of town by my dear friend, Matt. We’ve gone on many adventures together to an amazing spot in the Sequoia National Forest, called Remington Hot Springs. Some jerks want to blow it up, so go sign the petition after the link.

Anyway, when we were out there adventuring & waiting for the moon to rise, we came up with a neat project. Since i just happened to have bubbles & heart shaped sunglasses & Matt had a 6 million candle power flashlight, inspiration struck & amazingness was born.

You’ll need the following:

♥ a really dark location outdoors (or indoors would work, but the night sky is pretty amazing, and the flashlight makes a really neat disappearing spotlight into the stars)
♥ a flashlight with million candle power
♥ sunglasses
♥ bubbles

Prop the flashlight upright toward the sky. Put on sunglasses & proceed to blow bubbles OVER the flashlight (the sunglasses help protect your eyes, because it is really, really, really bright). The bubbles look like phenomenal exploding rainbows!!! Photos don’t do the beauty justice! Try it out for yourself…

I think it would have been really neat to have varying sized bubble wands & bubble guns. What about a field of people doing this over lots of flashlights? I think my head would explode with the colorful beauty!

Afterward, Matt & I ended up hanging out for hours in the hot springs under the full moon. Lovely. More photos of the hot springs on my flickr.