I am a self proclaimed concert junkie.
Which makes a lot of sense really, considering how much I love listening to music, but when the crowd gets going, and the band is the good kind of loud, live music is ten times better than my headphones.
I've been to 10 concerts in my lifetime, that are split about half and half between small time acts, big time names, and it's safe to say that the big time names always leave me wanting more. But overall, I think the number one thing that makes concerts so enthralling is the crowd.
My first real concert was Justin Bieber (for all the people who hate on JB, just hang in here for a sec, there's a point I promise), and I still remember the moment he came out on stage, and all 17,560 of us in the Centurylink Center were going nuts, screaming our hearts and lungs out. I wasn't even a huge fan at the time, but the momentum of the crowd was contagious. Soon I was screaming and jumping up and down as if he was my hearthrob, and I was a tween with his posters all over my wall, and the energy stayed that high the whole time.
Taylor Swift was the same way. A sold out show, with mega fans who knew all the words to every single song.
Ya see, sometimes it has nothing to do with the act in front of you. Honestly, I could probably go to any concert where the performer has a great fan base, and totally enjoy myself. It never fails to blow my mind just how many people are in the arena, and that for one night, every single last one of us have something in common.
Almost 18 thousand of us agreeing to the same thing.
One of my favorite moments in any show is when the lights go up and you can look out over the crowd and see the thousands of bodies standing with you, and it's this crazy overwhelming feeling to be in such a sea of people, and know you still have something in common with everyone in the room.
Even better, is when the lights go up and we are all singing along to the same song at the top of our lungs, swaying to the music and the artist looks out to the crowd and painted on their face is an emotion that just scream "Wow, I did this."
That's what I've always loved about music. It's power to bring people together. What other subject can get thousands of people to agree on the same thing? Politics? No. What restaurant to eat at? Impossible to solve.
However, get everyone to buy tickets to the same show, and boom, we are all connected. Why do you think it's so easy to make friends with the people around you at the shows? Because everyone's happy to be there, and they already know you are halfway normal if you agree with them on their music taste.
I love the energy in the room, and I love being able to feel the music. The drum beat pounding in my chest, and the bass line buzzing in my feet, while my ears are trying to decipher between the music and the roar of people yelling. The moment when you take it all in, all the chaos and you let it consume you, because 17,560 people are doing the same thing. And for two hours, you aren't the only crazy person in the room.
To express, explain, and exclaim the lessons life continually throws at me, and my take on how to deal.