If you haven't noticed, I kind of love music. I particularly love music when it's preformed live. It takes the emotional connection I already possess with the melody and lyrics and extends it to the performer. Regardless of whether I'm right up front or way back in the cheap seats, I am there, and I am living it, and it's a moment I'll never forget.
As much as I love live music, I loathe large crowds of people. Please don't misinterpret—it's not individual people I have issue with. People are what make the world interesting. What would I have to write about if not people? But if you start grouping them together, dozens and dozens of them in a mass, crowding around me, bumping into me, spilling beer on my boots, it starts to challenge the enjoyment of the experience.
Inevitably, halfway through the show, when some drunk girl cuts her way to the front in order to take blurry pictures with her phone, I start to wish I wasn't there anymore. So I close my eyes and try to absorb as much of the moment as I can, and appreciate the vibration of the music in my chest. Because soon enough, I will be alone again, and the moment will be gone.
The following are live performances by bands I have seen in concert, though not at the particular occasion depicted in the corresponding video.
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
Hard to Be
First Aid Kit
My Silver Lining
The Avett Brothers
The Smashing Pumpkins
In a Sweater Poorly Knit