Love Is the Answer

Everybody just wants to be loved.

Love is a very powerful tool that we all have inside of us. Expressing love is like a chain reaction. If you express your love, then someone else will feel that vibe and more than likely express it themselves. Too many people are locked in this jail cell of hate. They have the key to open it but just choose not to. Think about it… if someone’s mind is constantly flooded with negative thoughts then they will have a negative attitude. If they were to think positively then they would have a positive attitude. It’s really pretty simple. You create your own happiness.

Everyone in this loving Universe has problems. It may help our outlook if we chose to make the best of things and know that the Universe is always working with you and not against you. If you choose to view a situation as negative then that is all it will ever be… but if you choose to look at it in a positive light then it will be a more comforting situation. All of these feelings… love, hate, pain, etc. are created in your own self. Create love and send it out. It always comes back. Something so simple as to telling a person they look nice could change their day. You never know what anyone else is battling in their lives. So try and make some people smile ūüôā

Nonjudgmental love is also very important. We were raised with these cultural beliefs and standards that everything should be a certain way or it is not right. C’mon guys… it’s the 21st century we are living in. Think for yourself. For example, you may not like a person just because they are gay. Well, you were probably raised to believe that being gay is wrong. Someone who is gay is no different than you. They still LOVE, breathe and live the on the same planet you do. Why put negative energy into your thoughts and condemn them? What they do in their own personal lives is not affecting you in any way so why not love them too? I can only imagine how they feel inside just for being who they are. So try and think in a positive light before you are so quick to judge. Everyone is human and needs love.

Love Is the Answer Lyrics by Aloe Blacc –

Broken hearts everywhere
From stepping on them, we don’t care
Somebody tell me what we gonna do
Even though it’s plenty to share
People hungry on the streets, it ain’t fair
But you don’t think about it until it’s you

Now I’m gonna say how I feel
And what I wanna say is love’s the only thing that’s real
I won’t tell you what to do
Just believe that love, the only thing we have that’s true

‘Cause love is the answer
It’s the answer to the questions in your mind
Love is the answer
It’s the answer, if you’re looking you will find

The answer is love
Yes, indeed
The answer is love
Say it again
The answer is love
I’m telling you now
The answer is love

Friends know where to be found
To help you when you are down
But you know you are the one to blame
You know what’s wrong from what’s right
Nobody wins in a fight but still we play the game

I’m gonna say how I feel
And what I wanna say is love’s the only thing that’s real
I won’t tell you what to do
Just believe that love, the only thing that’s real and true

‘Cause love is the answer
It’s the answer to the questions in your mind
Love is the answer
If you’re looking it’s the answer you gonna find

Love is the answer
It’s the only thing that everybody needs
Love is the answer
It’s the only thing that makes us truly free

Just look around the whole wide world
So many beautiful things to see
Take my hand and come along
Spread some love with me

‘Cause love is the answer
It’s the answer to the questions in your mind
Love is the answer
If you’re looking it’s the answer you gonna find

Love is the answer
It’s the only thing that everybody needs
Love is the answer
It’s the only thing that makes us truly free

The answer is love
Yes, it is
The answer is love
Now say it again
The answer is love
The answer is love
The answer is love
The answer is love
Yes, it is
The answer is love
Now say it again
The answer is love

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Hangout Music Festival 2015

Hangout Music Festival takes place on the beautiful beach of Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Here’s a look at the lineup for 2015.

  • Foo Fighters,¬†Zac Brown Band,¬†Beck,¬†Jack U,¬†Skrillex,¬†My Morning Jacket,¬†Foster the People,¬†Paramore,¬†Spoon,¬†Umphrey’s McGee,¬†Major Lazer,¬†TV On The Radio ,¬†Phantogram,¬†Tove Lo,¬†Damian ‚ÄúJr. Gong‚ÄĚ Marley,¬†Jenny Lewis,¬†Dirty Heads,¬†Krewella,¬†Adventure Club,¬†Lupe Fiasco,¬†Cold War Kids,¬†Future Islands,¬†Vance Joy,¬†Joey Bada$$,¬†Galactic with Macy Gray,¬†ODESZA,¬†Sylvan Esso,¬†Father John Misty,¬†Beats Antique,¬†Trampled By Turtles,¬†GRiZ,¬†Drive-By Truckers,¬†St. Lucia,¬†Robert DeLong, Toro Y Moi,¬†Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Gramatik,¬†The Lone Bellow,¬†Lake Street Dive,¬†Rubblebucket,¬†Iration,¬†MisterWives,¬†Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls,¬†Vintage Trouble,¬†Mary Lambert,¬†Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires,¬†Houndmouth,¬†Zella Day,¬†Xavier Rudd & The United Nations,¬†Deap Vally,¬†Halsey,¬†Kopecky,¬†J. Roddy Walston and The Business,¬†Young Fathers,¬†JEFF The Brotherhood,¬†The Mowgli’s,¬†Strand of Oaks,¬†Grizfolk,¬†Joywave,¬†San Fermin,¬†The Districts,¬†Colony House,¬†SNBRN,¬†Skylar Spence (formerly Saint Pepsi), Elle King,¬†Knox Hamilton,¬†Natural Child,¬†Goldroom,¬†Five Knives, ¬†Floating Action,¬†Steelism,¬†The Suffers,¬†Firekid and¬†Elliot Root.

You can find the past lineups here http://hangoutmusicfest.com/lineup/

I have attended 5/6 of the Hangout Music Festivals. Being a local, it’s like a big party with great people in your backyard. What could be better? Thousands of people come from all across the world to experience this. Some have never even seen the beach before. Hangout Fest is a non-camping festival, although they do have camping spots around Gulf Shores where people pitch their tents for the weekend and live off grid. It’s pretty awesome. Other than that, many of the visitors stay in beach houses or condominiums. Also, there is no parking at the festival. They sell shuttle passes and there is parking all around the festival grounds (people’s beach houses, businesses, etc.). Let’s be real… bicycles are the most fun.

We all love the summertime… but the heat is about as real as Lebron James. So, ALWAYS STAY HYDRATED! A huge shout out to¬†CamelBak for keeping our dancing bodies hydrated all weekend with the most refreshing H20.

One of my only disappointments in Hangout Fest is that they do not allow totems. Have¬†you ever gotten completely lost from your friend like “WHERE’S CARL”? We all have. Although getting lost by yourself is a super awesome adventure… sometimes it’s more comforting to know you can go right back to your home base.¬†It’s the most creative and best way to know where your friends are! I love going to festivals that allow totems and seeing all of the creativity and time put into these.

Here’s a picture of our group Friday night with our “Mad Decent Boat Party” flag.

Hangout Fest is truly one of my favorite festivals from the Thursday kick-off party to the always so beautiful Sunday sunset.