I went to a restaurant and lounge called Phaze 10 in Baltimore, Maryland, after work. A friend was playing with that night’s featured band, The Foundation. I valet parked since I was not familiar with the area, and there were no available parking spaces within my sight. My initial impression of Phaze 10 was that it was quaint and cozy. The restaurant seating was straight ahead and the bar, where the band was setting up, was located to the left.
I walked inside the bar area and observed people sitting in groups or at the bar. Another friend, who also came to watch the performance, was initially seated at the bar. She, another friend and I sat at a vacant table located in a snug spot up front, near the band. We ordered drinks and appetizers and after sampling, began to wind down from the workday.
The ambiance changed once the band started playing. The smooth, rhythmical sounds flowing from the instruments invigorated the room with a mellow, engaging vibe. The music, while pulsating through my body, was whisking the stress away. I looked around and everybody was entranced by the music; bobbing their heads, swaying, clapping their hands, and grooving to the beat. Shortly thereafter, I was hypnotized in a haze of rhythmic sounds that took my mind to a comforting place.
Although I had a great time, I don’t think I would have been as relaxed if I had come alone. However, I do believe I would have enjoyed myself, just differently. Whether alone or in the presence of others, my goal is to one day be my fearless self. My fearless self would have allowed the magnetism of the music to seduce my mind and body to freely express the sensations that oozed through every fiber of my being.
Check out my amateur sample of The Foundation’s performance below.