At first glance, it might seem like mild-mannered Ilchi Lee and hard rockers Aersomith don't have much in common. Yet they're actually both fans of one very special place: Sedona, Arizona.
Ilchi Lee believes that Sedona will soon become a place where people can gather in peace. One of the reasons for this is the area's stunning natural beauty – beauty that is immortalized in the Aerosmith song "Sedona Sunrise."
The main chorus to the song mentions Sedona directly: "There ain't no breeze to cool the heat of love/It's as clear as a sunrise in Sedona/Just what it is that's blowing in the wind."
Aerosmith is one of the few classic rocks bands still performing today, and Sedona Sunrise is one of their newer songs. It was included as a bonus track on their 2006 album "Devil's Got a New Disguise," which is a compilation of their previous hits.
Despite the fact that the song is not as well known as some of their Top 40 tracks, it has quickly become a favorite among modern fans of the band. The band was reportedly inspired to write the song after a trip to the beautiful region of Arizona.
Ilchi Lee believes that Sedona, Arizonia, is a place where people can learn about themselves by not just experiencing the breathtaking vistas there, but also by learning about Native American beliefs and culture.
The Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff will be showing off some of the beautiful artwork of the A:wishi tribe later this month, and visitors will have the chance to learn about the culture and philosophy of the native people.
"Each year this festival provides a forum for people of all backgrounds to learn, and perhaps take home, a piece of Zuni art and an enhanced understanding of their own world, as it has been shaped by the Zuni people," director of A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center Jim Enote told GatewayToSedona.com.
There will be a host of events that will help people learn more about this unique culture. The festival will begin with a ceremony conducted by the Zuni Pueblo Band. Native artists have painted a variety of maps that show important locations in Zuni culture.
The theme of the festival this year is the Zuni migration, which took the Zuni people from their original home in the Grand Canyon to Zuni Pueblo.
Ilchi Lee believes that Sedona, Arizona, is a rich source of inspiration. It is a land of Native American heritage and Lee has suggested that it can be an ideal place to discover a new Tao.
The Sedona Film Festival, which is taking place on Tuesday, April 26, is now offering its own motivation to festival-goers by having them meet the choreographer of the historic and acclaimed film, The Sound of Music.
Dee Dee Wood will be hosting the event, and visitors will also have the chance to meet her and watch the movie in theaters.
"You've never experienced it like this before!" festival director Patrick Schweiss told Gateway to Sedona. "This is your chance to experience the classic on the big screen – in vivid color."
This is sure to be an experience that will evoke the sentiment of the musical itself – that hope springs eternal even in the darkest times – and one must persist in order to become enlightened.
At its inception, the theme resonated with movie-goers and critics alike. The Sound of Music won five 1965 Academy Awards , including Best Picture, and was nominated for five others.