If you’re a diehard music fan, you’ve likely been hit with the question “You’re going to ANOTHER concert”? Yes, the answer is always yes. Why the same people in your life feel the need to continually ask (as if they don’t know the answer), we aren’t quite sure, but we get it. And you know that your concert buddies get it. One of the things we’ve come to realize over the years and after getting to know so many of you is just how many people music & artists bring together. Friends all over the US, friends in the same town you wouldn’t have met otherwise, friends in other countries that you may never actually meet in person. Music is universal, it’s powerful, and it is responsible for friends that turned into family.
Consider this an open letter to all those people in your life who don’t “get it”. While you may never change their mind, maybe this will help them understand a little more what drives you to go to show after show. And even if it doesn’t, do your thing. We all get one life and the best part of it is that we can choose to do with it what we want. Be responsible, of course – don’t neglect responsibilities, go into debt, or abandon your family (seriously, please don’t do those things) – but enjoy the hell out of the time you’re given on this earth! Feel free to share this post on your social media to let people know why you’re so passionate about live music. If you have anything to add that we may have missed, leave us a comment below!
Here’s the things that only my concert buddies understand:
- Yes, I could choose to spend my money on something other than concerts. But I don’t WANT to. Some people spend money on countless handbags, shoes, designer clothes, fancy cars, expensive dinners – concerts are no different. To me, a concert (and the memories that go along with it) are just as valuable as jewelry or the latest electronic. I don’t regret or second guess the money I spend on concert tickets. Concerts make me happy and that’s priceless.
- There is SO much more to a concert than the concert itself. For so many of us, concerts are the only time we get to see distant friends and that alone is worth it. Everything from waiting in line to sprinting to the pit to singing along the entire night is a part of the experience and it doesn’t get old. Ever.
- Going to a concert with someone who’s as passionate about the artist & their music as I am is a completely different experience than going with someone who isn’t. We know the little ad-libs, the mannerisms, even what the band is going to do next. And even though it may the 2nd (or 5th or 12th) show I’ve seen during the same tour, it doesn’t matter. I can’t wait to catch the next one. And you don’t have to understand that…because I’m still going to go either way!
- For many of us, a certain artist & their music has come into our lives at just the right moment. Whether it’s when we graduated, landed our dream job, lost someone we loved, whatever the situation, music has been there for us. And so while you may not get it, my friends know exactly how it feels to hear the first few chords of a song that seems like the soundtrack to our lives.
- If you love a local business or a certain designer, you support them by giving them your money and spreading the word. That’s exactly what I’m doing with my favorite artists. I love their music, I buy it. I love their live shows, I purchase tickets. I want more people to know how amazing they are, I shout it from the rooftops (well, post on social media, but you know). I am proud of my favorite artists, I’m passionate about them and going to shows is just one of the ways I show my support.
- Concerts are addicting, plain & simple. Some people have addictions that are bad for them, I choose concerts as mine. There are a lot worse things I could be doing with my time and money than going to see live music. But, yes, I am addicted. I’m addicted to the friends this lifestyle has brought me, to the adrenaline rush I get as the lights dim, to the artist and the band and the sets, but most importantly, to the music. The music is at the center of it all.
- The friends I’ve made going to show after show allow me to feel like MYSELF. I don’t have to explain anything, leave details out or justify myself because they know. They just know because I do the same for them.
- We all have different priorities in our life and that’s ok. If you are always posting about your kids, your job, your car, or anything else you choose on social media, great! I support you. But, allow me to do the same. Leave the comments about what I should or shouldn’t be doing, whether or not I’m violating stalking laws, and your personal opinions out of it. If you don’t want to see it, there’s many ways to make that happen, most of them are as simple as the click of a button. I don’t question how you live your life and as my friend/family member/loved one, I’d hope you would show me the same respect. This is who I am and if I haven’t changed by now, you can bet that I won’t!