I'm a little late in writing this as I'm getting over the Coachella Crud. It's a sweet reminder, but it's nasty.
With Stagecoach, perhaps there's yippin' and yee-hawin', dos-si-do dancing instead of rockin' out. Yet the love of music is just the same.
The Coachella Music and Arts Festival is a three-day event not for the faint of heart.
You must trek through the desert high and low to get there. Or you could just get a VIP ticket and take the shuttle.
The second weekend of this year's event was a not as hot, weather-wise, as last year's, when temperatures soared as high as 108 degrees.
Coachella has been happening for the last nine years and is only becoming stronger. Its mix of musical styles brings together millions of people to what is supposed to be a polo field in Indio, California.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers closed Coachella last weekend with a tremendous blast, shutting down the band's critics. Their first-weekend performance was called weak and ordinary, but the closing show was anything but. The Peppers' tremendous energy worked up the crowd. Fights broke out during the first two songs, but security was in full force.
There was speculation in the crowd about a special guest, but it was obvious that they were waiting for the Chili Peppers.
Who killed it.
Their second-week set was no ordinary performance. The group ended its set with 1991's "Give It Away." Colorful confetti and fluorescent lights made for a blazing finish to end the night.
Singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea's chemistry translated through their music with the energy of a couple of 20-year-olds busting through. (And how the hell does Kiedis look so good?)
Journalists have been asking if Coachella was about the music, or just a party scene. Standing with the crowd, I realized that it is about the music. Fans stand in the sun for hours so they won't lose their spot. They might miss other acts in the process, but also discover bands new and old.
Other bands from the main stage that stood out were the Dropkick Murphys, who gave thanks for all the support given to their hometown of Boston, where two bombs exploded on April 15, 2013. They rocked the desert with "Boys Are Back."
The Violent Femmes played their entire first -- and classic -- 1980s album. Their music of youthful desire translated epically, as if 30 years had never passed.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds took hold and would not let go of your attention.
Ethereal and mysterious were The XX whose hypnotic onstage chemistry was alluring.
Vampire Weekend, Hot Chip and The Postal Service were also inspiring. Cafe Tacuba rocked it with their insane energy, showing that even with minimal English, music has no boundaries.
Asked about the music-vs.-party vibe, festivalgoer Mark Rayne, 43, of Hemet said, "It's up to the indvidual." He has attended every Coachella festival and has never been dissapointed.
Juanita Nunez, who came with her kids, also said it was about the music.
"To me, the music is more important. I know a lot of people are here for the scene, for the party, but for me it's the music. I really like the lineup this year. That's why I was excited to be here."
Though there were plenty of parties to attend, warm-up DJs and fashion shows, clearly it was about the music. That's what it comes down to.