Phoenix Phyre Gathering, April 2012 – 20th Anniversary!
I had a great time, once again, at Phoenix Phyre 2012 held near Lakeland, FL in April. It was wonderful to see familiar smiling faces and receive so many gracious hugs while at the gathering.
One of the highlights was sitting and talking with Nybor and Elspeth. Two very dear people to my heart. They were there with bells on, dispensing their wisdom to whomever would listen.
Another highlight was actually sitting with and recording Ardy sing her song “Who Will Listen”. She has an amazingly beautiful voice, and I am going to be taking that and setting it to music and fleshing out an entire recording around her voice. I’m excited about this project, because it is speaking to me so strongly in my thoughts and dreams!
And I would be remiss in not mentioning how wonderful it was to hang out with Mead Muse and her clan’s camp. We had great fun all week long, keeping each other entertained, and tempering the wild drunken fairies (complete with wings) that would happen by.
When it came to the night of my performance, which was also the celebration of the 20th year anniversary of Phoenix Festivals, Mother Nature decided to teach us all a small lesson in patience. A small storm cell developed directly over our heads (according to radar on our phones), and continued to expand until it opened up a deluge upon us. It POURED right when I was unloading my equipment to set up for my concert. LOL
Not to be undone, I covered my equipment as best I could under the large tent, and took my mic stand and continued walking in circles pushing the puddling water out of the tent roof. It was raining so hard it was drooping on all sides at least 1-2 feet.
The local Witches sprang into action. To this day, I’m not sure what spell they were chanting, but there were several small groups casting like crazy to bubble us from the rain.
This continued for an hour or so.
Finally it started to let up, and the rain slowed until it stopped. Everything was wet, but my equipment was dry. Thank Goddess!
I quickly set up for the concert and gave my best, albeit truncated, concert that I could muster! I had everyone up dancing and enjoying the coolness of the evening before they headed over to the drumming circle in the now rising fog.
Oh what a night!
I look forward to returning to Phoenix Festivals soon! All my love to everyone that makes this gathering such a pleasure to attend!
To see a few after concert testimonial “Love on Alexian” videos, check the video to the right!