Author: Karsemeyer, John

There Is A Place

State budgets are cutting funding for education, health and human services, and other programs essential to the well being of our citizens. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, and wildfires are devastating the planet and lives world wide. Wars are raging all over the globe. Governments are attacking protesters. Traffic is a mess and collisions are occurring on almost every highway. Financial terrorists are based on Wall Street and in our very midst. The war on drugs is a failure (according to a recent major international study/evaluation). If it weren't for bad news, there would hardly be any news at all. However, there is some good news.

There is a place to escape all this, at least for awhile. A place where gentle breezes blow through the tall pine tree forest. A place where the sounds of bluegrass music make their way through your ears to your mind, body, spirit, and soul. Guitars, banjos, fiddles, dobros, double basses, invade your auditory and visual senses. It is a good invasion. There are songs to sing and tales to tell.

Sanctuary, that's what this place is. An escape from the madness of the outside world. A place to interact positively with friends and to make new ones. New discoveries can be made here, about music, other things, and about yourself.

The place is the upcoming California Bluegrass Association's Father's Day Festival, that will take place on June 16-19, 2011 at Grass Valley, California. This is the 36th annual festival, and the organizers know what they're doing. Some say it's the best festival in California. Some say it's the best in the USA. Some say it's the best anywhere. You can get details on the CBA Website.

The trick, while your are there, is to not read a newspaper, not listen to the radio, not use a computer, agree to talk about only positive things, and absorb as much music as is humanly possible. You can stay away from the global insanity, at least for part of your life. Think of it as mass group therapy, “music therapy” if you will. But don't just think about it. Just go! You'll be glad that you did.

Posted:  6/11/2011

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