From: "Glenn Fajardo (Starwave)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Dubtribe Party/It's A Wonderful Life
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 94 11:40:00 PST
It never ceases to amaze me. The wonders and intensity of certain expreriences. Saturday night with Dubtribe and my friends was incredible! We arrived at the Groovilicious Love Tribe's gathering hall around 12:30am. There weren't many people around as of yet. However, there was a palpable sense of excitement as the events of the evening started to congeal and take form.
Prior to their set, I spoke with Sunshine and Moonbeam. We caught up on the events of our lives since we last saw each other and affirmed our bonds of friendship. These guys have been an inspiration to me. I know that they will continue to be as life progresses into the future. We watched the crowd dancing and noticed the fluctuation of the energy levels on the dance floor as certain songs and a switch of the Dj's came into effect. Sunshine related their worries about the attendance tonight. We looked at the crowd, which numbered about 125-150 at that time. We both came to the conclusion based on the very visible energy level that we had enough people for the makings of a wonderful party.
They told me that they've recently acquired a Quadra 650 and some music software (I can't quite remember which one) and have been utilizing it quite a bit to refine their songs. They were scheduled to start at 2:30am. I looked forward to hearing the difference in the music. What new surprises did they have in store for us?
As we talked and basked in the glow of each other's presence, DJ Cory from San Francisco (who came up with Dubtribe) played a wicked set which blended funky happy house, trance and tribal choons into a cocktail that soon had everyone grrrooovin' and smilin'. I hardly realized that I had worked myself onto the dance floor. The place had started to fill up. The atmosphere thickened as the vibe level progressed. As I was dancing, I noticed a young woman (definitely a newbie) beside me just BUSTIN' IT! We had both looked up at about the same time and I introduced myself. There was an awkward moment as she was surprised to have someone actually come up to her and talk. The awkwardness, however, dissolved as we exchanged smiles and connected on a level of understanding that we were where we were supposed to be at that time and place.
After dancing for a while, I went to the back room and chilled with some friends and connected with some great new wonderful people. The atmosphere was wonderfully conducive to breaking down social barriers and making connections. As I sat upon this wonderfully cushy couch, I was approached by someone whom I remember having met several times. She approached me rather shyly and with some nervousness. She said that she had wanted to tell me me something and did not quite know how. I set her at ease and we started talking. She related to me how she had started coming to the parties and her progression from newbie to full pledged raver. She talked about the times at the Choc-Lit Factory, a club that we ran collectively at the Velvet Elvis Theatre in January and February this year. She then proceeded to blow my mind as she related how much of an inspiration I've been to her. How what we did changed her life and made a difference. She spoke about her spiritual awakening and my role in that. All this from a person I barely knew. I was struck dumb and speechless. I was overwhelmed with gratitude, a sense of awe and also fear. Fear because I always worry about setting a bad example and because I know my limits and fallibilities all too well. I came to the realization that she had given me one of the greatest gifts anyone has ever given to me in my life. This gift from her I accept wholeheartedly and with the purest joy. It is said that the acceptance of a gift honors the giver. Inspiration begets inspiration. She also has given me the gift of inspiration. I know that what she had passed on to me will have an effect on the things that I do and how I do it. I am resolved to honor her gift by expressing to all the people who have inspired me how much of a difference they have made in my life. Life is indeed sweet.
Almost everyone immediately headed to the dance floor as we heard Dubtribe start up. WOW! Their music definitely had a difference to it since I last heard them. The music was richer, deeper, more organic. They seem to have struck a nice balance between the electronic and organic elements of their style. They played a bunch of new stuff and of course some classics. But everything seemed new somehow. It was wonderful. People were totally groovin' and trancing. The connections between spirits were visible, healthy, alive. We were transported into a different dimension where communion and transncendance were possible and very real. We were alive!
After their set, I went back to the back room to relieve my exhaustion with lots o' fresh H20, warm hugs and the cushy couch. and there I stayed talking, puppy piling and exchanging smiles with my friends until it was time to go home. When I finally got to sleep, my dreams and my life were as one.
Peace Everyone. Love,