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Music does something to you, it changes you, takes you to different places and opens your eyes to whole new worlds. It seems to have direct access to that profound area of the brain, which no other art form does. Friedrich Nietzsche once said that ‘life without music would be a mistake’. In fairness he was referring to Beethoven, not the weekend top 40. Although I heard he enjoy a few of Gwen Stafani’s hits.
Live music is especially moving though. Whatever you feel from listening to a cassette*, is easily tripled when the same thing is seen and heard live. From a young age I was always been drawn to live music. I would lay on my bed and imagine what it would actually be like to hear ‘MMMbop‘, live. A dream which I never got to fulfil, and never will, now that Hanson have all grown up. I mean they must be 18 or 19 by now.
Eventually I got to an age where I could work and buy things I wanted, and that meant I could finally buy some tickets to live concerts. Looking back at those events, they’re like landmarks in my life, although not for music. You see I have worn glasses for about 20 years of my life and I didn’t realise until about the age of 25 that people buy glasses for fashion reasons. Up until that point I just assumed that people bought glasses when they inevitably broke them moshing at music concerts.
I wanted to mosh. I wanted to be in there with the cool kids jumping around, but being a tall, thin, lanky kid with transition Specsavers NHS glasses I would feel a little bit like an outsider – not sure why. Occasionally though I would build up the courage to do the unthinkable.
I would like to say I enjoyed the Groove Armada gig, but I will also be honest and say that I didn’t see a lot. Primarily because I spent the evening crawling around like a curious ant eater looking for my glasses. They had started playing their hit ‘Superstylin‘ when a wave of courage came over me. OK, this is it. I’m going to do it. I jump in and within seconds I get elbowed in the face – my glasses immediately start flying through the air. Something people don’t often tell you, is that it is very difficult to look for glasses when your a glasses wearer. Mainly because the one thing you need to help you, is the one thing you are looking for.
These landmark glasses moments kept coming; Fatboy Slim, Snow Patrol, Foo Fighters, Faithless and Electric 6*. If only there was another way. But there wasn’t, I had to keep the glasses on. I couldn’t have left them at home for instance, or even just put them in my pocket for an hour…
Last night I went to see some live music, it was a friend of a friend of a friend who was playing in their new band Palastic. It was a really fun night and although the music wasn’t ground breaking it was a great back drop to a great evening. My pre-match nerves about potential social ineptitude did not come to fruition. I was a bit tired, but other than that I spoke clearly and confidently on all manner of subjects. It was a social success and as an added bonus I managed to return home with glasses intact.
*I recently upgraded from a Phonograph cylinder.
*Never felt more naked, than revealing my music taste 10 years ago.