I missed it because I was a Life Guard at a club in New Jersey and the boss said you leave us on a big summer weekend short staffed, don’t bother to come back. Even so, it was an event that transcended the hundreds of thousands of people that managed to get to Yasgur’s Farm. So much energy of hope and optimism about a new society converged around this event that not even rain and bad drugs could dampen the Spirits of those both physically and emotionally there. Today (August 15, 2018) is the 49th anniversary of the start of the long weekend of music and a momentary transformation of humanity. All kinds of forces came together to support the event and help it from careening out of control. To say it was magical is nearly an understatement. Saying it was somehow miraculous is more accurate. It was a unique moment in time and now lives on in legend.
The Woodstock Music & Art Fair—informally, the Woodstock Festival or simply Woodstock—was a music festival attracting an audience of over 400,000 people, scheduled over three days on a dairy farm in New York state from August 15 to 17, 1969, but ultimately ran four days long, ending August 18, 1969. Many of the world’s top musical performers of the day came together to entertain and be a part of history because even then, it quickly became evident to all that this was special. The forces of the Hope and Love had been tapped into to make the impossible possible. The reverberations continue in Spirit today. Next year will be 50 years. Anniversaries can sometimes provide a spark. Most important though let us not forget how magical life can be at times. This can be our day to day reality if we allow it.