A Friendly foreign Space. “The Desert Rocks Music Festival”. Part 1! Utah

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

“Art is a human activity, consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of external signs, hands on to others feelings he has worked through, and other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them.” ~ Leon Tolstoy


I was once told or written to the fact that it would be much harder for one to find themselves while living in the big city versus as we often do, lost onto a path of welcomed isolation. How right it is as this weekend proves it while surrounded by a couple thousands of other campers here for good times and Music. For many this is their own liberation away from the mental and physical congestion most endure day in and day out, these are the days the three piece suit comes off, the minds lets loose as around the corner awaits too quickly as always for so many again back to the “normal” Life, whatever “normal” is.

DRMF map  

For us it has been the opposite. Pleasant has been present even if the weather has not so far cooperated, with much wind and heat and sand being now part of our diet, as yet I am so confronted with the thought that our path has now become a one way avenue with no turning around. Could a facet of Life for many be to be so busy that the mind stops integrating deep thoughts about our being or even purpose in Life? I know that myself I cannot quite think as I have while present here and as much as I am enjoying these times, I am already looking forward to the coming days on our welcoming road. I am having a bit of a hard time planting myself into the moment, if weather permitting I am even thinking leaving this space for a few hours to go and sit behind that “boulder”… That one.


I think it boils down to the pleasure and satisfaction of Life itself. It is the matter of always a decision taken toward a destination encompassing the core of the Journey within it’s multitude of moments. My pleasure, my own satisfaction and I have to admit “need” is of quiet times surrounded by the beauty and character of Mother Nature always present, even if angry unleashing her fury on us as I know it is only directed to the next phase of a balance appreciating the better days. It is I realize being spoiled as in now my own nature of going where we want to go and avoiding where we do not want to be present with less compromises as possible. The times are filled with trials and errors and often all in between as being here when since yesterday the scale has tilted for a certain upbringing of enjoyment and yet being out of my element.


Spirit himself has braved the weather, he is not happy about it, he is also wondering why so many are surrounding him. I learn much from him, much patience that this too shall pass and the good memories will remain as meeting many new Friends, listening to some wonderful live Music and catching those moments with photos which will remind me of our presence and experience here. The photography has definitely been fun and challenging, only doable when the winds such as last night died for some precious moments as I hope they will again tonight when the good bands will be up on stage and the crowd present will be giving them a support always needed for Artists such as them.


I have been chatting with the many crews present. The sound men, the light crew, the couple video crews present, they all have the passion for what they are doing as their own lives on the road is never as glamorous as many think. Some bands will be arriving, flying near by Moab Airport, transported, play and leave for their next event which could be anywhere in this vast country. They eat on the fly, they sleep when they can, they have their balancing act throughout their own Journey when their stage presence is contained within their soul sometimes too short lived as their next destination awaits.  


Be well, always. It is our choice.

Ara & Spirit

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2 Responses to “A Friendly foreign Space. “The Desert Rocks Music Festival”. Part 1! Utah”

  1. Lorena Says:

    what an interesting little scene, I hadn’t heard of this festival before, loved the categories of your post filing, reads like a poem in itself

  2. Jeff & Sandra Says:

    Hey Ara and Spirit, Great pictures of interesting stuff and people. Nice place to visit but when it comes to noise and crowds or solitude and peace of nature, we always prefer solitude and peace of nature. It’s so good for the “spirit” …… Theism through religious naturalism, maybe? We’ve been in Raleigh, NC for over a month now and look forward to heading to the Blue Rigde Parkway in the NC mountains for a month or two of boondocking to air out our brains and escape the summer heat for a while. I sometimes wonder what it would be like to be stuck in the “city” for a spell and not have your pictures and thoughts you share so freely to travel to in my mind now and then. Thank you for that Ara. Y’all take good care!

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