//High Notes

The first Monday of every month, we explore the connection between music and drug culture.

HIGH NOTES: Healing With Sound and Cacao

Two weeks ago, I was checking out a yoga class in Ubud, Bali when the sole other student observed that I kept tripping on steps. "Not a good step day for you, huh?" he asked. We got to talking, and I asked what he did. "I help people find their life purpose." "Sounds like something [...]

By |2019-05-06T14:46:23-04:00May 6th, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

HIGH NOTES: The Sound of Iboga

“This life is just a dream. It’ll be over in the blink of an eye. Remember who you are. Remember what you are.” Omkara’s “Remember” filled the dimly lit, sand-colored living room of my Venice Beach apartment. I was on the cusp of a discovery, or perhaps a rediscovery. The following day, I’d hop on [...]

By |2019-04-04T07:50:35-04:00April 1st, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

HIGH NOTES: How to Return to Your Life After a Wild Festival Weekend

A weekend of partying at a music festival may leave you feeling like the human equivalent of these overflowing Glastonbury trash cans. Most people don’t spend music festivals worrying about how they’ll feel after all the shouting, head-banging, and (if you're into that sort of thing) drug use is over. That’s something you [...]

By |2019-03-19T13:39:13-04:00March 4th, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

HIGH NOTES: Why Drug Testing Works — and Why More Festivals Don’t Do It

An at-home drug testing kit available via DanceSafe If you grew up in the US, you probably heard “say no to drugs” in middle school health class, but you probably didn’t learn how to reduce harm if you did use drugs. And, chances are, you didn’t follow DARE’s advice. The majority of American [...]

By |2019-02-25T20:38:50-04:00February 4th, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

HIGH NOTES: Do Binaural Beats Produce a Drug-Like Effect?

I’m all about gaining insight from altered states of consciousness. But I’m also all about putting your body through as little duress as possible. So, I’m always interested in learning new ways to expand my mind without substances. After achieving altered states through hypnosis, breathwork, and ecstatic dance, I thought I’d look into binaural beats [...]

By |2019-01-07T17:27:28-04:00January 7th, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

HIGH NOTES: Music Videos That Will Vicariously Get You High

Sometimes, artists drop subtle drug references in their songs that you wouldn't notice unless you carefully studied the lyrics. Other times, they put it right out there, with drug-inspired imagery splattered all over their videos. If you want to vicariously experience a trip, consider these videos your pathways into the brain of someone on drugs. [...]

By |2018-12-01T15:32:25-04:00December 3rd, 2018|COLUMNS, High Notes|

HIGH NOTES: 7 Songs That Were Inspired by Acid Trips

For decades, musicians have been known to experiment with LSD to stimulate their creative process. Because of the drug's effects on the serotonergic system, people tripping on it not only experience warped sounds and images that might inspire music and lyrics but also become more open to experimenting with different styles. The result of these [...]

By |2018-11-05T16:49:13-04:00November 5th, 2018|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

HIGH NOTES: People Share Their Favorite Music-Drug Pairings

Just as some wines are meant to be paired with certain cheeses and some shoes look perfect with particular outfits, some drugs go inexplicably well with certain kinds of music. Many report that drugs enhance their music-listening experience by drawing out the meaning of the song or helping them get lost in the sound. These [...]

By |2018-10-08T17:09:59-04:00October 8th, 2018|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

HIGH NOTES: Getting High on Ecstatic Dance

Usually, when I'm in Amsterdam, my plans involve drugs in some way or another. But during my latest trip (trip as in, excursion, I should specify), I had an impending ayahuasca ceremony, and taking other drugs in the days before you take ayahuasca is not advisable. On my search for a drug-free yet Amsterdam-typical experience, [...]

By |2018-09-06T15:35:53-04:00September 3rd, 2018|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

HIGH NOTES: People Share the Most Bonkers Things That Happened to Them in Ibiza

If you're looking for an adventure involving music, drugs, or (ideally) both, there's no place like Ibiza. The Spanish island is known for its collection of famous DJs and, thanks to the Mike Posner song "I Took a Pill in Ibiza," its abundant supply of recreational drugs. Largely for this reason, many people have had [...]

By |2018-08-09T22:36:08-04:00August 6th, 2018|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

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