Going to Shows
This topic is pretty obvious for anyone who is really into music [which hopefully includes whoever is reading this right now], but I’m going to talk about it anyway because it’s my favorite part about music. So, indulge me.
Put simply, seeing a show is just plain fun. You get to see artists doing their thing- probably in their most comfortable state. You get to watch someone do something that you could probably only dream of achieving, well at least in my non-musically-talented case. For those of you out there who are musically inclined, it's a chance to learn a little something or get inspired. I mean a CD is a CD, but a live show kind of gifts you with the whole package.
Most importantly, live shows are unique experiences. You could listen to the same CD a thousand times and not get anything new from it, but not only is a live performance different from the recorded version [duh], every performance is also different. What the artists shares with the crowd, how they play the songs, or what order they play them in could all change. The tone of the crowd or even the particular venue can make a huge difference. That's why people who love a particular band go to see them again and again. It never gets old. There is always something new.
The only slightly negative part about the whole unique experience thing is that it can also go in the wrong direction. The artists can be having an off night and not play their best. The crowd might be super not into ruining the show’s feel. The band might not play your favorite song. You might have a shitty view because some 7 foot giant with an afro decided to stand in front of you. There might be a distracting drunk guy hanging around you too much and so on and so on and so on....
I’ve been to shows when all of these things have happened, but honestly it’s so worth it. Because when you see a good performance and you feel that bass in your chest, even if it’s just one song, it can blow your mind. I don’t know. It’s kind of hard to describe the feeling, but those of you who know what I’m talking about, yeah, you get it. And those of you who don’t, you really need to get on that.
Here’s to many, many more years of concert going.
And, until next time, happy listening.