Monday, June 25, 2018

Going Down to Yasgur's Farm #OpenBook Blog Hop




June 25, 1018
What historical event would you have liked to witness?

I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him where are you going
And this he told me
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to camp out on the land
I'm going to try an' get my soul free
         credit: Joni Mitchell

I can't tell you how I first heard about Woodstock. Maybe it was a news report, or it may have been from my older siblings. But it was after the event, not before. i wasn't really into popular music at the time.

But as the legends around the event grew, the more interested I became. And as the music gained airplay, it called out to me. From the simplicity of singer-songwriters like Joni Baez to the exotic sounds of Ravi Shanker and the featured performance of Jimi Hendrix.

What would it have been like to spend three or so days listening to some of the great musicians of the time? Sure, there was a lack of food, water, and restrooms, but there was no lack of peace and love. I was too young to make the trip, but thanks to technology, I own much of the recorded music.

I don't know if this event will ever be copied. Sure, they tried. And failed (in my opinion.)

And I would have liked to attend a Burning Man Festival before they became popular. Or maybe one of these days I'll stumble upon a Rainbow gathering. Although I'm getting a bit too old for the sleeping on the ground thing.

In the meantime, I think I'll put on some Santana, slip on my headphones, and go check out what events the other authors are talking about.



June 25, 1018
What historical event would you have liked to witness?
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