Why I’m Thankful For Live Music and You

Each year of live music has its special moments. Its peaks and valleys. Its surprises and disappointments.

And while I gathered my thoughts for this special Thanksgiving Day post, I took a look back at 2010 and realized that when it comes to live music, I have a lot to be thankful for.

Yes, we all have a lot to be grateful for when it comes to being a live music fan. And this year you’ve probably experienced many memorable and life-changing moments at concerts. I know I have.

So here are 3 reasons why, in 2010, I’m thankful for the live music experience and you.

1. The Community of Concert Fans

First of all, if it weren’t for live music, I don’t think I would have been able to cope with the passing of family and friends.

In 2010, my Dad and other live music fans died and it was through the power of live music and talking with other concert fans that I found the ability to cope, express a wide range of emotions and share the struggle of grieving.

And these Jakob Dylan, Gayngs, and Ra Ra Riot, Arcade Fire concerts were four shows that I will never forget.

Because each show provided not only a healthy means of emotional escape, but also the opportunity to engage and face fears, and obtain much desired catharsis.

And because I know we also feel the same way at concerts at one time or another, I thankful that we can pay tribute and celebrate the power of concert fan solidarity here at Live Fix.

So, again, I say thank you to all my fellow live music fans who’ve I had the honor of writing about your concert experiences and the pleasure of sharing a live music experience with you.

And whether our connection was spoken or unspoken, rest assured that I felt it either way, and I am eternally grateful to you.

2. Writing About Live Music

I’ve told you before how much I love to write about live music. And I consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to use words to capture what is often so hard to express.

Human emotion is an amazing thing and I am thankful that I’ve been given the chance to write about and share my experiences in words, videos and pictures here on Live Fix.

Yes, the words don’t always come easy, but still I’m thankful that I do have the tools and support to write every day when the doubt and fear begin to creep in and crush the muse.

But the struggle is what makes the journey that much sweeter. And I’m grateful to have had travel through and chronicle another great year of live music with you as we make concert history.

3. Connecting With You At The Show

Before, during and after many shows this year I’ve had the amazing opportunity to connect with fellow writers and live music fans.

And it’s those relationships and personal connections with you that put my own concert experiences in context, making those special concerts more than just a show.

And because of the friendships and conversations I’ve had, I am grateful for all these folks and everyone else in my blogroll too.

I wouldn’t be able to do Live Fix without you. Thank you for being a reading Live Fix and sharing your concert experiences with us!

What’s Coming Up…

That’s it for now. And I hope you have a great Thanksgiving holiday and great last month of live music in 2010. I’d love to hear how what your most thankful for about live music, so please share your stories in the comments below.

And stay tuned as we get ready to share some ways that you can pass along the love of live music for the holidays. Because tomorrow we’ll give you some helpful gift-giving tips for that special live music fan.

Photo credit: Andreu Robuste

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