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Bon Iver @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery 09/27/09

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Wrapped in a thick blanket of Sunday morning fog, Hollywood Forever Cemetery looked magical. In the soft darkness, palms trees and graves emerged on either side of the path, and there was a miraculous quiet that hovered over the cemetery. And then out of the gloom...a beacon of light. No, not the stage, the coffee vendor! Some enterprising folks had thought to put up a stand selling coffee and treats to the bleary eyed masses, which had a huge line trailing behind it of desperate people with cash already in their outstretched hands. Caffeine addiction is no joke.

Just past the stand, we began to hear chanting. Turning the corner, we came across the largest slumber party I'd ever seen. A whole field of people lying on blankets and sleeping bags staring at eight Buddhist monks resplendent in orange who knelt in front of a row of candles and were blessing the morning. (I mean, I assume. They may have been just projecting their coffee orders.)