We’ve all experienced it. A band takes the stage, the lights come, they start playing, and it’s just…incredible!
Why do people remember some live music concerts for the rest of their lives? It’s hard to put one’s finger on it exactly. But there is something truly magical about a great live music performance.
We know how we in the Raising Cain band feel about music…obviously, we’ve devoted our lives to creating it! But we were curious to find out what others say about live music. What we found is worth sharing, here in this blog:
The famed author Aldus Huxley wrote, “After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
Live music has a singular quality of the being in the “here and the now.” There is profound authenticity to a live music performance. It’s done live, without a net, so to speak. A musician performing live is like someone speaking from the heart. By its very definition, it’s honest. There is nothing but a stage, and the inanimate instruments. The instruments don’t do anything by themselves. But the hands of skilled musicians can transform the instruments into a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable experience.
In addition, no two live music performances are ever the same. When you have a live music performance at your event, you bring to your event something that is 100% unique to you and your event. That performance is yours, and no one else’s. Maybe this is why really momentous occasions so often incorporate live music performances:
Presidential inaugurations, the Super Bowl, award ceremonies, parties to honor people, and weddings….all typically integrate live music performances. Why? Possibly because people want those events to be memorable and unique. And that’s what great live music performances are!
Check out what these people say:
- Lucy X from Lemon Entertainment writes: “So, what I’m trying to say, really, is – don’t be missing out on this extradorinary pleasure that comes from music. Listen to music whenever you can and certainly make the effort to go and see live music. Whether it’s a small show at your local village hall or a big name at the 02 – these experiences fill the soul. For me, live music consummates a wedding or an event. An event without live music is like a heart without a pulse. Lifeless.”
- In January 1983, Music Therapy journal reported on a study showing that “…human subjects exposed to live music reported significantly more changes in mood for the better. Results indicated the particular effectiveness of using live music to assist in relieving tension and promoting vigor. The human element inherent in live music is believed to be important.”
- Award-winning musician and TV personality Jon Batiste, wrote: “With so many ways to communicate at our disposal, we must not forget the transformative power of a live music experience and genuine human exchange.”
- Gloria Gaynor, the award-winning vocalist on such hits as “I Will Survive,” said: “There’s nothing to compare to live music, there just isn’t anything.”
- Kirsten Parmer writes in News Leader https://www.newsleader.com/story/go-magazine/2014/03/19/why-i-love-live-music/6634569/ “If there’s one thing that is still raw and honest and full of soul, it’s live music. I love it in every form because every live performance brings with it a story.”
We, I the Denver, Colorado-based Raising Cain band, say: Make live music part of your story, your event and your life.