Michael Franti is an inspirational and unique human being and it gives me hope knowing that there are people like him out there. There is a lot to be learned from him. What helps him to keep from becoming callused by some of life’s difficulties? It is easy for an individual to become hardened or jaded through life’s struggles. How does he stay so open to love and remain so compassionate?
I believe that it is through hard work, dedication and practice that he is able to create the magic that surrounds his concerts.
I should probably back up and tell you from the beginning how this set of events came about because it too was quite serendipitous and magical!
Upon learning that Michael Franti would be playing at Wanderlust the wheels in my head began to spin…not always a good thing. I decided I was going to contact whoever I needed to, to try and get press passes for Liquid Gypsy. I just wanted 60 seconds, 30, just to ask him a couple of questions. This would be fantastic for our website and it was a perfect match. The message that you here in his songs is a lot of what we would like to do through our writing and travels with Liquid Gypsy. After googling, searching and making dead end calls, I was finally connected to the right people. I would explain our company and who we were and they would transfer me. I would again explain, tell who we were and again, be transferred, given wrong numbers, then calling back leaving messages. I was NOT going to give up!! After 2 days of this I was finally given a number to call and leave a message. They were located in Nashville, Tennessee. I decided that if they didn’t call back by 3:30 I would give it one last try. Kendra and I decided to go and play Frisbee golf when suddenly, my phone begins ringing. Holy shit!!! It’s a Nashville number, they are actually calling back!! I spoke with the gentleman in Nashville and they gave me an email to write to Michael Franti’s publicist. Now this is where Kendra comes in. You see, we make such a fantastic team because we compliment one another’s strengths and weaknesses. To write the email would take Kendra’s talent with putting words on paper. After sitting on a bench and writing the email it was time…to send. Sending became an issue with our awful Tahoe cell service, so it took multiple attempts over the course of twenty minutes to try and send it. After walking back to the car I told Kendra we needed to put this request in a pink bubble and send it out to the universe to collect fantastic things before it brings it back to us. In true Kendra fashion, she asked, “Why Pink?” “I don’t know, because that’s what the book I read said.” So we sent it out, and we both leaned forward to look out the front windshield to watch it as it floated away. As the magical bubble soared into the clouds, little did we know the email to the publicist finally went through on Kendra’s phone at the exact same time…
The next morning, the day before the concert, we received a reply which said, “Thanks for reaching out. I can’t accommodate the late request but I’ve passed along the website and information to his manager.” I was quite disappointed. Kendra had to remind me how far we had gotten, what we accomplished and that they now knew who Liquid Gypsy was. We would still be at the concert and be able to do a great write up.
After the concert I got hungry and Kendra spotted some lights in the distance…magical lights, and they were pink!! We walked over to the lights and I ordered a vegan burger and we went and sat by a fire pit where we met Tulsi. After talking with her a couple of her friends joined and Kendra and I began telling them all about Liquid Juicy. I had a couple of drinks so that’s what they heard. We showed them the logo and brand and they loved it. He then introduced himself. “I’m Cappy, my dad played tonight, Michael, Franti” You see Cappy, our new found friendship, arrived in a pink bubble.
After we said our goodbyes and exchanged numbers, Kendra and I headed up into Shirley canyon to find the tent we set up earlier, when there was light, not extreme darkness. This is a story for another time!! When we finally arrived back at the tent we decided to sleep under the stars and had some fantastic conversations, going over all the evening’s enchanted events that took place. We were astounded by how the universe had just cared for us, but as we closed our eyes and lay next to each other under the stars, little did we know the universe was still filling our pink bubble with blessings and love.
The next morning Kendra and I decided to go down and find a quiet place alone as to not be bothered while we wrote about the prior evening’s events. As we sat there discussing all that had happened we looked up and who do we see walking towards us? Cappy!! “Liquid Gypsy!!!” He began telling us that he got lost and accidentally ended up in there and I looked at him and said “Nothing is by accident man.”
He sat down and we started telling him about our crazy night trying to find our tent and we laughed about it. We then started talking about Liquid Gypsy and explaining that we are trying to find artisan crafts from Southeast Asia this fall and want to sell these crafts on our website, all while tell the stories of the artisans and difficulties and accomplishments they have experienced in life. We would then eventually love to be able to give something back to each one of these communities. He loved the idea and so we showed him our new logo which he admired and described all the reasons why. After we explained that our next trip was going to be through Vietnam, Laos, Burma and Thailand (damn, been kinda down and “Have a Little Faith” just came on. Nice) he began telling us “Yo, you gotta go to Bali, Ubud, Bali!!!” He was saying that there were artists all over that had amazing things to share!!! Kendra then shrieked with excitement, “It’s like Liquid Gypsy Island!!” He then explained that his dad has a yoga retreat there and we should visit. Bali it is!!
After sitting and talking a while longer he explained he was going on stage that evening to do some poems during MC Yogi’s set and asked if we would like to hear them…of course!! “Do you mind if I record it??” he asked. I give you, Cappy Franti rehearsing some soul felt, mind twisting, heart thought poems.
This is the magic that follows Michael Franti and his positive message and this is the same message that Liquid Gypsy would like to spread.
Peace Cappy!!! It’s been serendipitous. Thank you Universe, for crossing our paths!! Keep the faith, spread the love and always remember, Give Back.
Thanks pink bubble 😉