Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: August 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Things That Made Smile and things that Made Me Laugh... at Lollapalooza 2015

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Lollapalooza 2015 has come and gone, the hashtag is no longer trending, you are finally sober, and now it is time for me to share my Lolla with you.

See what made me smile and what made me laugh, some of my favorite moments from the three-day music festival - but don't worry, this is merely intended to entertain and not educate.  

This dude in the shirt and tie - when it was 110 degrees in the shade!
He was my Lollapalooza 2015 HERO!

Before we go on...
I feel the need to make a statement for those of you who may not see the connection between Leyla and Lollapalooza, here is my response to your questions... Yes, I do go to Lollapalooza - In fact, I've only missed two since 1991 (see all my Lolla posts here). Yes, all three days. No, it doesn't make me crazy. Yes, I know it doesn't seem like I would be the type to attend Lollapalooza (unless you really know me). Believe it or not, I am one of the youngest of my friends who attends Lollapalooza. And, yes, every year I say it's my last year. 

Lollapalooza Chicago Skyline Friday 2015
Lollapalooza Day 1: Sunset at the Sprint Stage

I love music festival kids
You know the saying, "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough" - that's Mae West. And I couldn't agree more. 

I started going to concerts when I was 11 years old, had it not been for my stupid next door neighbor, I would've attended my first concert at 9, but she told my parents that people smoke pot at concerts and I was forbidden from seeing The Cars in third grade! Most of my childhood summers were spent at an outdoor music venue in Illinois or Wisconsin, first accompanied by my mom or dad, then my friends and boyfriend. My favorite memories are from summer concerts I attended as a teen, and for that reason, I love watching young people enjoy it today as I once did -- back in the Roman times. 

I love it when I see the kids run towards the stage thinking that something amazing is about to happen - that feeling is seldom experienced yet it happens every time the lights go down just before your favorite band steps on stage. I never wish to go back and do it all over, except for maybe a few select moments, but I am eternally grateful that I did it up when I was young. 

Lollapalooza festival-goers
Here we are!! Look at us!! 
Someone, please notice us! 

I love like Perry's Stage 
Lollapalooza has changed a LOT over the years. Perry's Stage used to be this tiny spot where you could hear some great DJs and now it is a huge area where average Midwestern kids listen to average DJs. 

This year, Perry's Stage wasn't quite the same for me. Most of those "great DJs" from yesteryear have progressed onto larger stages leaving subpar acts to play for children in denim diapers and ill-fitting sports attire. The kids stomp their feet and shake their heads, like they didn't get their favorite toy for Christmas, and call it "dancing".

I had the opportunity to witness some of this musical wonderment on Sunday when The Chainsmokers played their set in what felt like a windstorm in the Sahara -- my direct response to their music, "I got dirt in my eye for NO good reason!" However, I think the kids were still having fun. I heard from some of my co-workers that they were pleased with The Chainsmokers, which doesn't surprise me, after all I can't say that I am in their target demographic. I'm probably not supposed to like it. 

I walked through the crowd and snapped a few photos, I was able to capture this lovely blonde gal prancing around with her arms in the air. I use Google Photos (formerly G+) and it automatically made this GIF of the blonde gal. I liked the motion pictures so much that I decided to make a better movie out of this dance... scroll down below to see more. 

dancing girl GIF
Prancing Girl GIF - Perry's Stage

Here is a slow-motion version of the GIF above, I made it iMovie and added some fun colors and stock music (probably better than what The Chainsmokers were playing). The movie you're about to watch below was made on my iPhone in a matter of minutes - the WHOLE thing! I hope you'll enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it, and if you do enjoy it, be sure to say something!  

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