“It’s a magical bounty of inspiration just the sunrise the sunset, just any point of the day being the way everything looks and shines and glints, the isolation you feel but belonging you also feel at the same time…I mean it’s an enigmatic place.”
I’m honestly not quite sure I could say it any better than my brother-in-law, rock n roller, Jesse Hughes. He has a way with words, slightly better than my way. He’s a lyricist, a professional one, so I wouldn’t expect anything less. I digress, these are his words about the high desert and more specifically, Joshua Tree.
My thoughts…are more of a question. How does one interrupt the feeling of a single place? A place that is so many things to so many. Like its shifting sands, Joshua Tree changes it seems, to accommodate ones needs. It’s a beacon of creativity, of hope, and an outlet of expression for countless nomadic hearts that allow it in.
Jesse- “Some of the most profoundly stirring and emotional moments I’ve had have been looking out at the landscape of the high desert at night as the clouds pass along the moon and you feel the stillness of the air and can taste it…it’s beautiful it’s unreal.”
Jesse knows the landscape well. He grew up in the shadow of the High Desert and spent many a night cultivating his career under the desert moonlight. Out of the stillness of evening and of night in Joshua Tree has come moments of clarity, calm, and of creation that are beyond compare. He says, “ It’s kind of a well-known thing that if you’re looking for inspiration, if you’re looking for something to fill you up with an emotion you’re not readily able to describe, Joshua Tree…the high desert, it’s the place.”
Jesse even has a song about Yucca Valley that goes something like, Lately in the evening I’ve been thinking bout my life and it casts a gloomy shadow on my sole. I have weakness for the flesh and for powdered speeding death and my heart is aching for my desert home… If you heard it, it would be stuck in your head until eternity.
Jesse, of Eagles of Death Metal fame wrote his 2nd album Death By Sexy in the HD and says he doesn’t design his art without including a piece of his desert influences in some manner. “There’s no way to strip it from me anymore. It’s metastasized to my spirit. There is almost a supernatural element to it, it’s undeniable…it gets interpreted in a variety of ways…for some people it’s magic, for some people it’s mental physics.
There’s no denying this strip of desert where the Colorado and Mojave collide, is a place that stirs emotion, inspires direction, and gives latitude when at first you didn’t feel it was there.
Jesse continues…he’s never short on words…”I mean I’m an artist, I’m a musician and I will go to the high desert specifically for the purpose of being charged up or inspired…ummm and I know I’m not the only one.”
Certainly not the only one…U2, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, John Wayne, Gram Parsons, Jim Morrison…there are so many elite artists who sought a certain something in Joshua Tree. And so many new artists who still do. Have you heard of Reborn by the Sunshine? If not, make sure you take a listen. The duo grew up in the Coachella Valley and their lyrics and spirit reflect their roots perfectly. We made them come out to JT with us (on a rather cold blustery day) and put their talents on display. Playing music in the open air especially in that setting is exhilarating and adds a whole new dimension for artists.
Jesse – “It’s truly is the most unique place you can ever find…it’s desert but you can be snowed in it’s hot but it will turn cold…it’s just something else.”
No night is similar either…on this one, a short stroll through town transformed into a long and memorable evening in a place seemingly set back in time. The Joshua Tree Saloon, a spot teeming with interesting folk from far, wide, and down the block. A beer with an old-timer, a beatbox with a new friend. I tried and failed miserably, in case you were wondering.
Jesse- “Coming home to the high desert is like going to Disneyland in a way…you look forward to it…you just can’t wait to get back to it and once you’re there you feel that you don’t want to leave it.”
A short drive from the Coachella Valley, this High Desert wonderland lies in wait, eager for dreamers to discover and cultivate that certain something they were yearning for. Fresh air, moon shadows, unreal looking landscape, this place will give all that you’re able to take and share all that you’re willing to hear.