|January 21st, 2013|
|contra, music, concerts|
People experience traditional music by creating it, dancing to it, and listening to it. Generally people have preferences among these, but I think listening is probably the most popular. What brings people to concerts?
I don't tend to enjoy concerts; I get bored. The musicians are up there playing but they don't keep my attention. I've been to some excellent performances which are thoroughly captivating  but only rarely. On the other hand, to have a good time dancing I don't need a band that plays complex and interesting music, just one that will give me the beat, the phrase, and make me want to dance.  Facscinating music can be nice, but it's actually a pretty unimportant factor in how much fun I have dancing.
I think what's going on is that for me to feel music emotionally I need to be distracted. Sitting still and listening I see through the rhythms and chord progressions that would pass through unprocessed while dancing. That emotional manipulation, done well, is what makes the difference between a good band and one that will draw me to a dance I wasn't planning on attending.
Rereading the previous paragraph, the obvious solution is that I should consume appropriate drugs before attending concerts. Which I don't like the idea of but does seem to be a major part of some concert-going cultures. How else can I enjoy concerts more? Or should I just accept that I prefer music when I can either dance or play along?
 Warning: there's a lot packed into "make me want to dance".
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