Freedom in Utopia

Masters of our ceremonies,
make me dance,
make me move,
play the tune that my body sings to.
dance with me, speak to me,
until I can hardly breathe,
take all capacity of thought, emotion, and being,
until my being fills with you,


you are



MOVEMENT: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival
My favorite music festival in North America, it brings in elements of Detroit’s energy, a grittiness and depth that can only be found in this city.
Our city….
of soul, dilapidation and creativity.

Looking around, where thousands surround Detroit’s Hart Plaza. I am witness to the growth of what this movement has become, since it’s start 12 years ago.

It has been 5 years since Paxahau Events Production has taken over, in observing each year evolving, they outdid themselves again.
There are 4 stages set up in the plaza, the speakers immense and encompassing, they vibrate sound powerfully.
Each stage holds its own micro-environment, bouncing from each, my ear tunes in to the music, music created with a depth and intelligence that evolves with humanity’s grasp on technology.

This year, as I strolled down the stone steps to the massive stage set up in the center, my thoughts were of a disconnected nature.
In the past this scene was a huge part of my life, now a smaller piece of the whole of my existence.

“Will this do for me what it used to?”
I asked myself

“After all I have experienced, what does this mean to me now?”

Heavy, low bass rumbled through me, re-awakening my purpose within sound.
The air thick with rich, warm South American tones, reminiscent of where I traveled from.
A musical healing, the vibrations touch on parts of my being, becoming a dancing release.
My body was attached to the spot,

As music and I remember one another as long-lost lovers.
We meet and all that is spoken of is this intertwining love

Transporting me through space and time.

I was lead to incubation states of tranquility and centering in the Westin Book Cadillac hotel.
Here I cultivated familial ties I have made with people from all over the world, connecting through music.
I understand the musical groups I am drawn to have subtle ties to our roots.
Paxahau of Mayan origin literal meaning
Pax=power of music ; Ahau=cycle of time in Mayan calendar.
Visionquest literal meaning = Native American rite of passage in finding one’s self through vision.
Their symbols geometric, correlating to the innate wisdom of these intelligent races.

Movement is a primal instinct grounded within us, stemming back to the dawn of humanity. Our own dance rituals and sounds have evolved into something I know our ancestors would be proud of.

As I’m dancing on the grass, under the sunlight, a veteran in his army uniform strolls over.
“Your dancing makes me happy, seeing all of this love and peace reminds me that this is the freedom I fought for.
Can you show me how to dance to this music?”
he asks

Feel it capitulate you,
Move with it however you allow it to
An energetic exchange, infinity of ebb and flow.
A bridging of many worlds occurs,
music is



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Nicole Ciccarelli

I speak my Truth and opinions through means of this artistic expression. I write with the intention of bringing thought-provoking musings through profound soul-searching and questions. I ask for you who read; to acknowledge and live your Purpose and Dream.

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