It has been a massive dry spell since my last concert and I'm itching to go see some live talent. It's not like there hasn't been a plethora of artists and bands I've wanted to see, it's that I can't seem to find people to go with or the time to enjoy live music these days. Starting a new job has definitely upped the stress levels this past month and nothing would have been more relaxing than an evening with the soulful and sensual Seal, the always entertaining queen of lip-synching Britney Spears, or even home-grown under valued bands Lowrider and Little Red.
Yay to all the summer music festivals coming up but for someone who knows only a couple of names on each bill and with limited spending money, not to mention no one to go with, I'm hesitant to fork out the huge prices promoters are asking for these days. At least $200 to see Britney Spears mime is completely ridiculous, and the uproar?? You're not a fan if you didn't see it coming. And somehow, these concerts and festivals sell out before your page loads.
It's screwed up but understandable as nothing is more exhilerating than casting away present and repressed emotions whilst belting out your favourite tunes with the artists you admire. Furthermore merely being in the presence of live music is soothing for the soul and body. Concerts provide a perfect setting to unleash those inner impulses to break out with the robot, shake that butt, and dance uncomfortably uncoordinatedly that the lives of 'normal' daily social beings restrict. Replying with a tone-deaf song lyric to the ones I love and left at my previous work place when worry was written all over their faces is something I regrettably took for granted and should have excercised more often to ease the situation. Strange but calming. Try it if you don't believe me.
Jason Mraz once blogged 'Each one of us is a living instrument with a responsibility to sing out, to wail and cry, for progress and healing'. For us underdeveloped to express emotions, self-conscious and insecure singers, bring on the vocals of the talented and a thousand voices to drown ours out in unity together with our happiness, sorrow, anger, and love.
Peace til Good Vibrations 2010.. Thank You Nat!