I’m going to a music festival in Brussels on May 27 and 28. This is a photo from last year’s event. Can you pick me out in the crowd? Not likely, especially since I was in Canada at the time.
Nothing special about me going, you might say. Until I tell you that the Core Festival is about EDM … or electronic dance music. Techno!
Most folks in Osseghem Park in late May will be in their teens or twenties. Then there’s me – slightly older.
“You’re going where?!” is a refrain I’ve heard from some of my contempories. “You’ll be surrounded by kids falling down drunk, or high as a kite!”
Well, I suppose that’s true for some of the revellers – but certainly not all. We thousands will be coming to love the music and the light show and the dance.
And oh … how I intend to dance! I’ll throw my arms and legs out in any available direction. I’ll get tired a lot quicker than the young’uns but so what? I’ll rest a bit and then flail some more.
This afternoon I was walking in Ghent and came upon this:
O my God … Core is in my heart and in my city, at least on paper. The poster called me, stopped me, and made me jump up and down. “I’m going!” Me … old fart. Me … the newest of Ghentians. Simply me … no better or worse than anyone else.
Look at who’s playing at the festival – marvelous DJ’s (that I’ve never heard of). The closest to me knowing one is “Joy Orbison” but I think I’m mixing her up with somebody else.
I just stared at that poster. Look at me – creating new realities in a new country. Why not?
I love the story about the man, the cliff and the strawberry:
One day while walking through the wilderness a man stumbled upon a vicious tiger. He ran but soon came to the edge of a high cliff. Desperate to save himself, he climbed down a vine and dangled over the fatal precipice. As he hung there, two mice appeared from a hole in the cliff and began gnawing on the vine. Suddenly, he noticed on the vine a plump wild strawberry. He plucked it and popped it in his mouth. It was incredibly delicious!
I won’t be in any mortal danger in Osseghem Park. But – my God – those two days are going to taste good!