Let The Music Set You Free

Let The Music Set You Free

Rave. Is that the hairspray that comes in the blue can? That is the question sometimes asked when people talk about raves. The word “rave” can be defined as an all-night dance party where electronic music is played. These days, however, the rave scene has been the target of attacks by the media and authorities all over the United States. Raves are now stereotyped as an event where out-of-control young adults come together and experience a world not only of music, but also sex and drugs. The acts displayed by the media and authorities are acts of arrogant ignorance. They always tend to overlook the positive aspects of raves. It begins when the sunlight dies down. With my ticket in hand, I stand in line patiently to enter the abandoned building. The bass pounds as I enter and all I see are lights, lasers, and hundreds of people dancing wildly as if they are performing a tribal ritual to “strange” music. A figure stands in front of the crowd feeding off the energy they are creating. He then holds up a record and sets it down and adjusts a few knobs between two record tables. The sound changes pace and as the crowd develops more energy I slowly begin to find myself dancing like everyone else. As time passes, I meet friendly new faces, exchange numbers, and maybe even trade “kandy”. Hours go by in what seems like minutes. The music dies down and the lights come on. The building once flooded with beautiful and wildly dancing people, is once again just an abandoned building. I exit the building and realize what was darkness a few hours ago has now become light again. Looking into the sky, I think to myself “What an amazing night! The music was great; people were amazing, and the vibe was terrific”. I anticipate the next weekend so I can do it all over again and meet more colorful people who share the same love for creativity, music, and pride in one’s self as I do. This is what raves are all about. The history of the rave…


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