Hello, Flint Family!
Welcome to this week’s edition of ‘Thoughts On Thoughts’ - a segment where we pick a topic and give our thoughts on the thoughts we have on the subject. This week: Fall & Festival culture.
I have something to confess: I’m an autumn addict. The sweaters, the boots, the thick jeans, the gray days with a slight breeze, the rich coffee, the gorgeous colors, the pumpkin flavored everything: I love it all. In my mind fall officially begins on September first. It’s currently September second and I’ve already consumed 3 pumpkin lattes, a piece of pumpkin bread, and part of a pumpkin ale (I hate beer and I wanted to be festive, but I just couldn’t finish it.) One of my favorite childhood memories was our yearly trip to Blake’s Apple Orchard in Armada, MI. I always looked forward to going through the ticket line where I wrestled my siblings for the lead spot through. We were tenacious in our elbowing as we knew that whoever made it through line first had the split second advantage in the immediate race to the mountain of hay barrels that took place upon entering the orchard. Being much younger and smaller than my two older brothers caused me to never win the unspoken competition, but, to me, being first to step foot on the brown swath leading up to the mountain felt as though I was the first pilgrim to land on what would be American soil: I may not be remembered for conquering anything, but dammit I was the first to try.
This summer was a summer of festivals for us Flint members and upon spending a copious amount of time basking in the sun, hearing great bands, and meeting some of the kindest humans, most genuine humans, I’ve become a huge fan of festival culture. There’s something so honest about music listeners that go to festivals. The crowds are always much more accepting and open to new experiences. It’s a lot easier to stay anonymous at a venue due to the darkened atmosphere, but at festivals where the majority of bands play in sunlight, there’s no hiding: if you’re not having a good time, people can see you. People tend to be much more friendly at festivals as well. It’s pretty much expected that you’re going to get sweaty and uncomfortably close to people you don’t know and everyone not only seems to accept it, they embrace it. I’ve met some of the most impactful people at music festivals. Can’t wait to play more!
Above are some ‘day in the life’ photos from Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI shot by Jeanne Pope of Redcole photography (Redcole took our press photos, too! Great Michigan-based photographers! Check them out!
) We felt very honored to play with such awesome bands that day - bands we once dreamed of playing with. It feels so surreal to have played a fest with MGMT, a maverick band for he indie/pop genre and huge influence on me in my teenage years. Felt very nostalgic!
We’ve been gearing up for our final festival of the season: DIY Festival in Ferndale, MI on Friday, September 13. We’ve been planning some huge surprises since we got the confirmation, and I’m going to go ahead and state that this will be the biggest and best Flint Eastwood set to date - I’m serious! Expect some huge things, friends!!!! I’m ridiculously excited.