The Cave does have Soul.

The Cave does have Soul

This is a great pop song-It has an emotional connection to people of all ages and all walks of life. Kind of like a bridge song that connects people to thoughts and feeling bigger than themselves. It encourages a feeling of community and responsibility. This is all good stuff, in fact….it is all great stuff. Can you become a converted hippie? I think it is starting to happen to me. Anyway this song made me think of an older tune from Marvin Gaye.

Simple and eloquent

Which made me think of my favorite “converted hippie song” bringing me right back to my alternative rock roots. Elvis Costello that quirky purveyor of hipness doing a song by the suave cool original Mr. Nick Lowe

Now I will head down to my local medical marijuana dispensary and see if they can point me in the direction of the closest “converted hippie” bar or  nudist colony or wherever my new people hang out. If indeed all the old hippies are at a nudist colony- I really wish I did my conversion a couple months ago when the weather was much warmer!  Oh well, it is just another group that will barely tolerate me for a while and send me back to my cave anyway.

Enjoy and Cheers!

Wonder #6, Woodstock, Thank a Hippie today


By the time we got to Woodstock we were in White Lake in Bethel.

Woodstock is not the home of the famous Woodstock- The actual site is in Bethel, N.Y- but how cool does Bethel sound? “Hey man, everyone is going to Bethel this summer”.

And maybe not all of the 480,000 concert goers in 1969 were hippies…but they damn sure started it!

Wonder #6 -The site of the original 1969 Woodstock

Monument at original Woodstock location
Monument at original Woodstock location

Quick recap:

Two young guys with lots of money and zero music industry experience wanted to put on a rock show. They chose Woodstock because famous musicians like Bob Dylan and the Band lived there.

The town of Woodstock would not allow them to do it.

They were in big trouble finding a spot – Before the thing completely collapsed- a farmer in Bethel, N.Y named Max Yasgur allowed the use of his dairy farm for the event.

Max Yasger's farm
Max Yasger’s farm

They had to make it free or risk a riot.

There was rain that made mud. They ran out of things like food.

There was also political strife, free love, drugs and great music. Thank the hippies for keeping it peaceful enough to happen. No other group in any other generation could have made history without serious trouble, especially considering the overwhelming strain on limited resources they faced.

Every big outdoor music festival after this is compared to this. This is like Michael Jordan to basketball or Babe Ruth to baseball- Much bigger than the game itself. It transcends its genre to become an iconic cultural moment in time.

Thank you Hippies!

Flowers and fence looking down to stage site
Flowers and fence looking down to stage site

There were two original hippies guarding the monument and graciously dispensing information when I made a visit to this shrine of Rock n’ Roll. They pointed me in the direction of the original stage site where I went with my family to take a few pictures.

The museum on the site is also worth a visit. Great trip for all.

My son jumping at the site of original Woodstock stage
My son jumping at the site of original Woodstock stage

Thank you to all the original hippies for changing the way we think about music.

monument close up
monument close up

And Peace to all