Sunday, April 20, 2014

Coachella: You Be You





Listen.
I've never been farther west than Murfreesboro. So my opinions about what goes on in the desert are definitely not as valid as those of, say, a cactus. Nevertheless, the rock that I live under has a wi-fi connection, so I know a general idea of what goes on in Indio, California, and can read what countless internet personalities think about such goings-on.
So, here we go. Here are my thoughts about Coachella, told with only a hint of jealousy (I mean, did you see the lineup this year?!)

*steps upon soapbox* *tests megaphone*

1. Don't go because it's the social thing to do.
Really, don't do anything because its the cool thing to do. Ever. Nope. Back up that
 truck and think about why you are doing something. If the only reason you can muster is that you would feel your social credibility crumbling like dust in the wind if you didn't show your painted-and-bejeweled face at this event, think a little harder about life. And then find another reason to go because those tickets are CoacHELLA expensive and not to be wasted.

2. When you go, dress how you want. 
Whether we approve of this fact or not, Coachella has become half music festival, half fashion show. So, take this opportunity to dress cool. Like, really really cool. When are you ever going to have the chance to wear a floor-length crochet dress over a whole separate outfit in real life? I don't think you'll get the job wearing that, or impress your boyfriend's parents while wearing that, but you can sure as heck bask in the glory of Cage the Elephant wearing that. Which brings me to my third rant point.

3. Love the music in spite of everyone else.
Like what you like, dislike what you don't, and don't pretend that you've heard of every minor band that plays because I will call bullcrap before you can say "genre-bending indie breakout artist". I would really love to write an entire rant/post about music taste and how it has become so tainted because of some genres' social connotations, but that is another soapbox for another day. I will say this though: don't wish for a lifestyle and pick bands as the background music for that lifestyle. Don't like or dislike music because someone else has decided what is cool to think. Don't do anything because its the cool thing to do. Sensing a theme here?

So, what have we learned today?
Yes, thats right.

U. B. U.


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