Personal Reflection – Live Music

The main reason I have been brought to writing about live music stems from my childhood love of music. It started early in my life when my mom would play music throughout the house as I would play with toys, or whatever I did when I was a little kid. I remember her always playing the local Christian radio station: 104.9. As I was growing up, I remember wanting to branch away from that style of music and see what other types there were. This started my true passion for music. I started to see for my self how many genres of music there are and how each one can affect you mood in different ways. This added to the appeal I was already developing toward music.

When I was around 10 or 11, my parents came home from a neighborhood yard sale. They gave me my first acoustic guitar. Looking back at the guitar, it was in terrible condition. But, I didn’t know the difference. I had a church that I grew up in and there was a guy there that would play an acoustic guitar for service. I asked him to teach me how to play and he showed me the main four chords: G, C, D, and E. From there, I self taught myself to play by reading tutorials and listening to music and trying to imitate it the best I could. This solidified my interest in music, specifically toward live music.

After a while of learning to play guitar, and along with going to a few different churches, I was introduced to a pastor that was in need of some more instruments in the music that was played at his church. Adding instruments would create more depth to his services. This was important to him to enhance the overall mood of either praise or prayer. This experience was valuable to me to see the effect playing music for an audience and the mood that you are about to contribute to.

My love for live music started early. I’ve been to so many concerts that it’s difficult to place which concert was my first. I remember the local radio announcing when some of my favorite bands were coming to town and I always made an effort to go out to them. When I would go to a show I was always drawn to the energetic environment that the concert had. I typically went to hardcore and metal concerts, which have an incredible amount of energy to them. In addition to this energy of the crowd, I was amazed at the fact that something that an artist created had such a profound effect on such a large amount of people. In seeing them jump around and perform, the band member seemed moved by their own music as well. This may or may not have been an element of their stage performance, but it had a profound effect of the audience. This added to the desire to listen, learn, and now perform music.

I found out early on that forming a band is a little more difficult to accomplish than I originally thought. However it was still a good time to get together with my brother and play guitar while he played drums. I’ve had many fond memories of getting together with like-minded friends and playing music with them. Being around people with similar interests in music, along with my experiences with concerts has given me a strong bias toward how I perceive this topic.

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