As some of you know, The Inn of the Seventh Ray has been a favorite spot of mine since I was a young lad. I've been there on just about every occasion including birthdays, weekdays, Sundays, mother's days and even New Years Eve. Many times, I've dropped in for a simple tea, dessert or to pick up a thing or two at the bookstore, but it wasn't until last night did I get to experience the Inn truly in all of her magic, dressed for the perfect wedding between a beautiful young couple in love.
The wedding itself was elegant and beautiful. The anxious pair proclaimed their specific vows with wide open hearts, washing over those in witness with the everlasting love vibrantly dancing between them. I especially loved the fact that they had arranged for an intimate and private dinner setting for themselves, positioned above and away from the guests, in one of the Inn's many magical nooks.
When it was time for supper, my place card directed me over to Table #10. Let me tell you, it was a dynamic group of characters including the bride's maid of honor and two extremely stylish gents, one of them even rocking just about the longest beard I've ever seen (in this country). It was awesome! Everyone got along well and the conversations covered everything from the problems with raising cattle for slaughter to producing music videos to manifesting extra wedding cake without having to stand up to get it.
The evening ended with a passionate serenade, guitar and lyrics, by the husband for his beloved. Like magic, a flower-dew mist began to carry the music from person to person, throughout the patio. After once again wishing the couple infinite blessings on their journey together, I had asked my new long-haired friend Alex what the name of his band was so that I could "check them out sometime." When he told me that it was Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros my jaw just about hit the ground. At first, I kind of felt embarrassed not realizing who he was as I recently discovered the band on Facebook through one of Ryan Gall's recordings of them. I got over it quick and mentioned that I've heard and love his music and that I've seen many of the bands videos.
In my opinion, this group is bringing back the true spirit of the Love-in (obviously in a unique way and in a new but similar time period) and I think they're going to play an instrumental part in not only the history of music and rock, but how people come together in song and dance. In an interview which took place a few months back, Alex spoke about a blue pill he recently found in life. He describes it as a powerful truth and calls it, be like a child! As I get in touch with Alex, the band and the music some more, I intend to share some of the co-created ideas which have flashed through my mind since sitting down at Table #10. For now, enjoy the following clips of them performing live including on the Late Night With David Letterman: