It started with a conversation I was having with Davis, one of my best friends. We were talking about attending concerts and music festivals and he said the following statement:
Every song, every drop, every second, is for only right then and there, in that moment, for you and the people you’re with.
…and it stuck with me.
Nowadays, with the help of technology, we can re-listen and watch fragments of a concert or music festival, and sometimes the entire thing. However, it’s not the same. You’ll never experience a concert or music festival how you did when you were actually there at it. You’ll never be in the same moment, with the same people, feeling the same emotions as you did originally, and that’s what makes concerts and music festivals so incredible.
I love music. I listen to music every single day. I don’t know where I would be without it, just that I would probably be somewhere extremely dark and very unhappy. That being said, I love going to concerts and music festivals even more. There’s nothing quite like hearing the music you listen to everyday live and seeing the artists you’re a fan of up close and in the flesh. Additionally, whether you’re seeing an artist perform for the first or fifth time, your experience each time will be different. Even if you’re in the same setting with the same people, and the artist plays the exact same set, which is highly unlikely to begin with, it’ll still be distinct and individual. Who you are as a person at that time will influence how you interpret the concert or music festival, how it makes you feel, and ultimately, what you take away from it. That’s why, every song, every drop, every second, is for only right then and there, in that moment, for you and the people you’re with.
I love attending concerts and music festivals because they bring me so much joy and happiness. Knowing that each one I go to will be utterly unique brings me even more joy and happiness, and I am extremely thankful that my friend Davis reminded me of this. His statement stuck with me then, and I hope it’ll stick with you now.