In our fast-paced narrow-focused technological time, everyday screens everywhere suck our attention spans to the last drop. The very computer screen, cell phone display, computercellphone aka iphone-pod-touch on which you read this, can be harmful to your health. Late-night glows grow into insomnia, and doctors say depression symptoms ensue. Daydreaming is being substituted with digital addiction. Next year for the first time the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will include “Internet use disorder” in its appendix.
Let the batteries run out, tap out, unplug. Got a second? Fifteen minutes? Sure you do, it’s summer. Let your mind sit a spell – let Lotus take over. Make sure there is room for movement: dancing should develop, however tentative at first. Let your mind drift time, throw it by the wayside, where waves reside and the umbilical moon doth rise.
Such a warm song, Umbilical Moonrise is the first from the electronic jam band’s live album, Germination, recorded in 2003. My first time seeing Lotus was more recent – this year’s All Good music festival, being held in Ohio for its first time. From funky to freaky, electric to effervescent, Lotus moves airwaves in a way that can free your mind from time, your feet from the street. If you can’t swing seeing them in person sometime soon, sustain yourself with the 2007 album Escaping Sargasso Sea.
Such a solid hour-fourty-five live, this show runs a single glimpse of the gamut these guys can deliver. Check out the end of the album: from It’s All Clear to Me Now, a fourteen-minute gem whose many angles reflect several songs in one, at once refracting and absorbing rainbows, minerals flowing into Sunrain, giving way to a Flower Sermon of such sincerity that the solar skyliquid reprises. And you probably smile, having a time.