So as you may have noticed, I am obsessed with music and live shows. There’s no other feeling like it.
Picture this –
You, your favorite band, a sweaty crowd, the buzzing from the speakers in your throat, and all of the words to the songs in your heart and at your lips. The lights are out and the room is feverish. The floor and your feet becoming farther and farther apart, and none of the rest of the world matters. You are weightless. For that 40 minutes your life is different. You are different. You are no longer the screwed up kid dealing with a broken home. You are no longer stressed out about grades or about future plans. You aren’t the kid that is being made fun of for being weird. It’s just you and the band that saved you. Your head is dizzy and you can’t feel your body. You don’t even notice that your body is squished in between a sea of strangers, because for tonight those strangers are your family. They speak your language. They understand your religion. They are just like you. The concert ends and your ears are still humming, and you feel light-headed. Moments later the trauma sets in, knowing that you have to go back to real life. But for those moments, you were carefree for the first time in your life.
That’s what music does.
Anyway, the point of this post was because today I was thinking about all of the amazing concerts that I will be attending in the near future, and I wanted to be more excited by posting about it.
- August 17th – Gavin Degraw in Santa Barbara
- September 8 & 9 – Jimmy Eat World in Dana Point
- September 29 – Go Radio & SafetySuit in San Francisco
- October 1 – Go Radio & SafetySuit in Hollywood
- October 30 (maybe) – All Time Low in San Francisco
- November 30 – Yellowcard & The Wonder Years in San Francisco
I can’t wait.
But here are some of my favorite quotes about music to leave you with:
“Never underestimate a girl’s love for her favorite band. Never think even for a minute, that she won’t defend them to her death. Because it’s not just the music that makes that band her favorite. It’s the guys, the gals. It’s the fans. People whom of which she has interacted with thanks to the band. That band might of saved her life, or just made her smile everyday. That band has never broke her heart and has yet to leave her. No wonder she finds such joy in her music.”
— Alex Gaskarth
“Anyone who understands how standing in a crowd of sweaty people, elbow to elbow, screaming along to the words embedded in your heart, can give you the most happiness ever needed. when you’re shoved against a sea of bodies and you don’t know what sweat actually belongs to you or your neighbor, you can barely breathe and in that moment, your favorite song starts playing and you forget about everything: all you’re concerned with is the melody, rhythm, and beat of the song all you care about is singing your heart out and knowing it’s okay to love something maybe a little too much as long as it’s real to you.” – Gerard Way
“Music is a total constant. That’s why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment.”