Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Best Weekend of the Year


Lotus Fest
Originally uploaded by Bloomington Girl.
No kidding. Hands down. The Lotus World Music Festival here in Bloomington is the best weekend of the year. What is the Lotus? Glad you asked, loyal readers. The Lotus is an annual event that brings together different musical groups from all over the world for a series of concerts that take place from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon. The groups are different every year, for the most part, and they hail from places as far and wide as India, China, Tibet, Sweeden, Norway, Africa, South America, Iraq, the Balkans & right here in the good old US. This year, we saw an unbelievable variety of stuff : Hindustani Slide Guitar (played by one of the best slide guitarists in the world - AMAZING!), British/Nordic folk fusion, Iraqi Maqam (a poetry/music form unique to Iraw that was mesmerizing), to Brazilian dance music, Balkan Urban Beat (a wild dance band) and an accapella four woman group that was incredible. In years past we have seen other amazing stuff. The main part of the music festival is on Fri and Sat nights. You buy a pass for both nights (or just one) for 50 bucks and you move from venue to venue seeing the concerts you want. The venues are all within several blocks of one another and the streets downtown are closed so it is easy to go from one to another. It is a wonderfully festive and happy atmosphere. Truly magical. Words can't do it justice. Believe me, it is worth the trip to Bloomington to experience Lotus.

in other news, I have been sleep deprived for about three weeks now and it is starting to catch up with me. I have been going to bed too late and having to get up too early. (Jack is on the 5:45 AM phase again!) That is probably why I haven't written in what might be a record amount of time for this blog. I have been pretty busy with what feels like lots of busy work and I don't seem to get anything worthwhile done. I also have to confess that I have not found anything too interesting to write about lately and that might be because I have sadly been lacking my normal sense of humor these past couple of weeks.

Worry not, though, loyal readers. Your Bloomingtongirl will be having a nap (!) this afternoon and will soon start bouncing back to her old self. If not, I shall ask for a volunteer to take over this blog in order not to let you all down.

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