Cyndi Palmer: Who has more fun than you? We do. |

Cyndi Palmer: Who has more fun than you? We do.

Just as the sunshine helps flowers display all their radiant glory, last weekend’s Sonic Bloom really opened my eyes and lit up a whole new world for me ” drug-free.

There was a character around every corner (in the audience and on staff) at the Winter Park Resort base as well as some interesting, vibrant fashion statements displayed by the mostly young crowd. But there was also some seriously good music from an eclectic group of big-hearted talents.

Many local friends joined Sky-Hi Daily News reporter Katie Looby and I throughout the 13 or so hours we were there Saturday, but we also came across a lot of people I’d like to think of as new friends. Some wore wigs, some capes, some hardly anything at all ” most were just down-to-earth people like you and me. Donning a Phish T-shirt, my previous thoughts of feeling out of place as an older-generation hippie compared to the Generation X-ers commonplace in raves were quieted as we all danced our buns off together into the night. After a while, my brother-in-law said I should run a photo of us in the paper with the caption to read, “Who has more fun than you? We do.”

My most memorable introduction, because of his personality and wardrobe, was also with the press. He was dressed as one of my favorite authors, Hunter S. Thompson. “Orange Peele,” as he liked to call himself, drew my attention straight away with his green visor, cigarette holder, knee-high socks and bag of citrus.

I also thoroughly enjoyed meeting musician Lynx of Boulder, who with Jamie Janover blew audiences away with her styling on stage. The sounds she could create were something else and when Sasha Butterfly Rose joined her, and when the two joined the other musicians for the Sonic Bloom Rebel Alliance Orchestra performance, the chemistry in the mountain atmosphere was incredible. Of course, as the song goes, “The freaks come out at night,” and the party, as expected, quadrupled in size and became a lot more interesting when the sun went to slumber.

As a first-time raver who had previously categorized the electronica and techno sounds as really not my style, I was surprisingly drawn into changing my mind, and quick, with the steady bass beats. Sunday morning I was left with sore feet, the need for a good nap, but also an inspired determination to check out a lot of what the musicians talked about during the previous afternoon’s press conference.

SBR, Jantsen, Anahatta Sound, the legendary Steve Kimock, David Starfire, mellow melody master mixer Evan Bluetech and Lynx answered the frequently asked questions about their roots, etc. but I was pleasantly surprised when the conversation turned around to the much deeper, spiritual meaning.

Each musician agreed they were there for a greater purpose than just promoting their unique sound. Through their music they wanted to help us realize we are all connected and that “nothing is separate from anything else.” With the festival as part of the Resonance Project which talks about the unification of all sciences and philosophies, they discussed how much they were inspired by nature and the cosmos, and a lot of stuff I intend to look up. Tops on the list earmarked for further study was the Unified Field Theory, and the work of Nassim Haramein of the Resonance Project, Rabi Sean Karr, and mathematical physicist Frank Jennings Tipler III. I also hope to check out musicians who had inspired some of these guys, like energetic Polish artist Bartoch and guitarist Ry Cooder.

Despite the predisposed bad rap of the Bloom, I was also happy to see barrels fill up for the canned food drive, and the voting registration table reported at least 50 people signed up to make their mark in American politics. Sure, some of the “kids” in the audience had what might be construed as “too much of a good time,” but that certainly isn’t what I got out of it and I’m positive I’m not the only one.

This week’s winners for one Saturday ticket and one Sunday ticket to the Blues from the Top Festival are: Rollin Albo, Kathleen Mountbatten, Angie Hawkinson, Melissa Giberson and Kim Gustison. Tickets will be at the festival entrance.

In honor of the late, great American comedian George Carlin: “What if there were no hypothetical questions?” “Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.” “When cheese gets it’s picture taken, what does it say?”

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