“This is the first concert I’ve ever been to.” Those 9 little words always strike a chord with us, particularly when the person saying them is an adult. Yet, we’ve heard them over and over at the various shows & festivals we’ve attended and while it’s hard for us to relate to the sentiment, it still resonates with us.
As we’ve said many times before, and we know many of you would agree, there is NOTHING like live music. Country, rock, pop, R&B, hip-hop, jazz or any other genre – the live experience takes one’s love of music to a whole other level. My first concert ever was in elementary school, seeing The Beach Boys in Southern CA. In my years since then, I’ve seen everyone from New Kids on the Block to Garth Brooks, Fleetwood Mac to Kid Rock, Backstreet Boys to Boyz II Men to Alabama to Matchbox 20, and many others in between in venues all over the country. Sarah has a similar background, beginning with New Kids on the Block as a kid and everyone from U2 to Jake Owen since then.
We know many haven’t been to live shows due to logistics, finances, or just life in general and that’s completely understandable. Those of us who do get to go to shows on a regular basis are very lucky. We know many of you choose concerts as your “splurges”. Instead of fancy new cars or clothes, you choose to spend your money on experiences and memories. But every time we hear someone say they’re finally getting to experience their first concert, we can’t help but think that they should’ve gotten that opportunity a long time before.
Live music is truly an escape. Sure, you can listen to an album and try to tune out the world for awhile, but the phone or the doorbell ring, the laundry needs folding, the neighbor’s dog starts barking, or any one of a million other distractions occur. Those few hours at a concert allow you to focus on what you love and just soaking in the moments. You get to spend time with your friends who share the same passion as you, you get that interaction from the artists and band members you love, you hear the songs that seem to be written about your life.
So, here’s an idea we’d like to suggest to you. If you have friends or family who love music, but haven’t been as fortunate as you to be able to experience it live, why not share that experience with them? There are often free or inexpensive shows being held in larger markets, but even if there aren’t, skip the Applebee’s gift card or flower bouquets and buy someone a ticket to a show or even a Ticketmaster gift card. As music lovers, we know you guys understand the happiness live music brings, so why not share that with others? It is so fun to see someone experiencing a concert for the very first time. Their eyes light up as they soak in every moment – the lights, the stage, the music. Everyone who loves music should get to experience that.
Another thing to note – these artists that we love may not always be around. So saying “I’ll see them next year” or “One day I’ll go to one of their shows” might leave you regretting those statements. Love him or hate him, Michael Jackson was the ultimate entertainer. I grew up on his music and love it to this day and I will always regret not getting to see him live. Unfortunately, I’ll never get that chance. Neither will fans of Keith Whitley, Kurt Cobain, Aaliyah, Whitney Houston, Jimi Hendrix and so many others. Age doesn’t matter, we’ve lost a lot of amazing talent at very young ages. So, if there’s someone you want to see (or you know someone who has yet to see their favorite artist), do it. Life is too short not to.