Live music is not my best friend. It’s loud and local and sloppy and right there in front of you as long as you go to the right place at the right time. Recorded music has a volume control, an equalizer, and travels almost everywhere. It has an off switch and won’t greet you as Des Moines when you’re really Dubuque.
However, if you really want to feel the art, as the artist feels it, you have to actually go to the live show. By “you”, of course, I mean “me” (or “I” or whatever is grammatically correct at the time). I usually don’t. I care about the artistry and want people of all levels to create and share their art. I just can’t always bear the experience.Continue reading