Monthly Archives: May 2013

It’s Raining Giant Elephants at Wakarusa, and We Just Stepped in a Turd-le!


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Yes, I know festivals, camping, the weekend, get-away-from-civilization-thing … Mud and rain (and hail and high winds and girls on acid screaming bloody murder late at night). It’s all to be expected….. But when it actually prevents you from hearing the music you came here for because you are huddled in your car for 24 hours living on protein bars and coconut water it can Imagebecome a bummer.

So far, the two times we have ventured out, like Bambi, from the Westwoods camping area to see if we could get some hot food and some hot licks, we have run the risk of becoming human lighting rods with our umbrella and unicycle in tow. We did make it down (a 3 mile hike on rocks) to the venue yesterday though , just in time to be told that it was closed for the third time because another storm (this one with hail) was headed our way.

That did not stop this dynamic duo from interviewing folks and taking pictures with our ziplock-baggied iPhones, meeting a lot of nice folks and having a day of adventure and fun. Perhaps today we will actually get to see a music show!

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Well. That night sucked. It wasn’t the 3-mile walk to the festival grounds (they do call it walk-arusa for a reason, am I right?), or the things that keep you awake at night (anyone in the mood for some acid induced screaming? wish I was.) but it is the constant, unrelenting, WETNESS! NOTHING is sacred, EVERYTHING is wet. One good thing about rain and wetness though is that it brings people together under umbrellas and tents and that leads to conversation. We met lots of really cool people, even though we didn’t get to see any bands, and it was nice.ianprettygirlwaka Finally, we decided to give up on camping (or should I say muding) and we are in a Indian-run hillbilly motel.

Anyway g2g bye y’all!

Graceland and The Heartbreak Hotel in Memphis, TN


This is a technical-inter-post and a Puja post at the same time! That’s right. Both of us are posting about Elvis’ Mansion and the Hotel at the end of Lonely Street….

Monica First :

From a cultural perspective Graceland Mansion and the people who come there for pilgrimage and an Elvis experience are fascinating indeed. I heard languages from all over the planet on the bus and as we walked through the house coming from guests. The King of Rock and Roll’s home was, of course, over the top as far as mod 70’s decor goes.Image I’ve never seen so much green shag carpeting and so many television sets in one home. And viewing the clothing, awards, burial sites of his family, and the smoke-house-turned-shooting-range, not feet from Liza-Marie’s swing set, gave a lasting and jumbled impression of this man’s life. One can only imagine what it must be like to be a sex and rock-and-roll icon at age 19, to have come from the backwoods of America, and to have lived a life of stardom, as he attempted to keep family (his grandma, dad, mom, Priscilla and Liza-Marie all lived at Graceland), friends (the house was always full of “the boys”) and career rolling.ImageThe house tells some of the story, in the silent way that houses can tell the secrets of those who lived there. I highly recommend taking the tour.

The Pilgrims tell America’s story. I met this young man as we were getting back on the tour bus, and I was so tired from the drive and the Memphis heat, that I have forgotten his name now. He proudly wore these replica pieces that he has collected, and he told me that it was his first time visiting Graceland, with a fire in his eyes that can be described as meaningful.Image He Tribute 2told me he was a “Tribute Artist” to Elvis and that he was 19 years old too.

2013-05-23 20.20.37  Ian’s turn:

Hi y’all! What is better than chicken fish? Nothing, but Elvis is a close second. One of the best  (and the most successful) musicians of all time has to have a big house right? Wrong! He has to have a gigantic house, with mirrors on the walls, carpets on the ceiling, TVs everywhere, a shooting range, a stable, and pretty much everything else you could possibly think of for an extremely rich person to have. This guy was like the model for rich people (stables, indoor handball court, 3 TVs in one room, shooting range… I think you get the picture). Anyway, seeing Elvis’s mansion was a real treat (as was seeing some of his movies at the Heartbreak Hotel). Excellent artist, renowned for a reason, Elvis, the true King of american Rock and Roll.

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Ian’s Technical inter-post the third


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2013-05-23 20.20.37Hey! Last night in Nasheville was awesome! I had creme brûlée gelato (which you should totally try if given a chance), but the music was even tastier. Walking thru “The District” (Nasheville’s downtown music scene) looking for a honkey-tonk bar that would accept 12 year olds, I heard enough different types of music outside supposed “honkey-tonk” bars and on the street that I decided to look up honkey-tonk to see who’s a composer and who’s just a poser. Turns out honkey-tonk is a steel guitar or fiddle playing a full two beat rhythm with a crisp backbeat. Apparently it was named originally because  the pianos in the dives it was played were often poorly cared for, tending to be out of tune and having some broken keys. Anyway, I didn’t hear any honkey-tonk, but I heard plenty of other joyful noise issuing from every crevice, crack, busker, bar, lamppost, bike… It is truly music city U.S.A.


Eating Great Food at B B Kings and Listening to great Music in Nashville, TN


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Stacy Mitchart band is rock in’ the house tonight! Finally arrived in Nashville after almost getting sucked into Dollywood!

Tomorrow, Graceland y’all!
Big thanks to all the friends who helped us get on the road : Sprout Love, Flynn Debona, Todd at Community Acupuncture in West Asheville, and our favorite coffee place Battlecats! And thank you Angie for taking care of the best dog in the world!
Love you guys!


Ian’s Technical inter-post the second


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Heading towards Wakarusa tomorrow, and another band i’m looking forward to seeing is Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9 for short). They’ve rocketed to the top of the electronic rock music scene for a reason: they are practically the electronic band to end all music. I would try to describe them, but their music is so varied that the actual list would be very long. So I will shorten the list to electric, acoustic, calm, and multisensoral (Is this a word? Don’t care). Anyway good band, listen here if you wish (link will be open shortly) G2G bye!

Ian’s Technical inter-post the first



Exited to be going to Wakarusa, especially to be hearing RJD2! This guy is all over the place, from the Mad Men theme to commissioner crotchbuttons. RJ’s delicious noise is an engaging blend of “classic” instruments, borrowed voices and effects, and is constantly changing throughout both the song and his career. With all his layered work it’s pretty amazing that he started it all with a pair of turntables bought from a bro. Anyway, I have to leave for now, but here is a link to some of RJ’s noise and a link 2 the Wakarusa webpage is below in le last post. I will be posting here daily once I am @ Wakarusa. Bye!


The Healing Power Of Music

It’s Springtime again my friends and so many things are growing and changing in our lives! My handsome son Ian will be 13 this Summer, and we have decided to take our version of “The Puja Eyes Medicine Show” to Ozark, AR at “Wakarusa

Iancyc1We will be interviewing festival-goers with questions like “Has music ever worked as a healing force for you?”, “What is Addiction and have you ever dealt with it in your life?”, “How do different types of music make you feel?”, “Why are you here at Wakarusa?”.

Festival culture, and the cultures that are found around different types of music have always been a topic of great interest to me. Dress,dance,substances ingested and habits and relationships formed around different genres of popular music will be my personal observational bent.

Ian has defined himself. “Technical Inter-Cyclist/Music Blogger” is his self-proclaimed job title in “The Puja Eyes Medicine Show”. He is looking forward to riding his unicycle, interviewing people and taking photos to post on our website’s guest page ( That’s the” Inter-Cyclist” part.

He is also my right hand man and technical consultant. Did I mention that it’s Spring and everything is growing? Well the boy has now reached the same height as his mom … he is becoming an indispensable young man to be sure. Thats the “Technical” part of the job description.

Ian and I have picked out different bands that we really don’t want to miss and are beginning to put together a schedule for ourselves for the 3 days of Bonnaroo- with-a-third-of-the-people-and-a-beautiful-mountain-setting style festival. We are also challenging oureslves to listening to obscure bands and genres of music we aren’t usually attracted to. All of this is delicious substance in our Apothecary of healing experience.

Ian’s favorites: electronica, dubstep and hip-hop/rap inspired artists. Mine Gypsy Punk of course (Gogol Bordello will be there), Old School Rock and Alt/Funk/Fusions……

We will faithfully report our impressions here, and our preparations for the trip as well.

Our Mission: To travel, blog, and document healing arts, folk arts and alternatives to traditional thinking at music and arts festivals. To offer an apothecary of ideas on our blog, and tasty opinions on music and culture.