My 100 & Me [Week 10]

Live events. I used to be so passionate about them. Would spent most waking hours listening to live Hip recordings, sharing bootleg copies with other fans, and going to shows.

I can’t remember the last time I did any of those things.

I had tickets to see the Black Keys show in Ottawa in May but that was all cancelled because of COVID-19. And you know it’s a good excuse to use (that the pandemic changed everything) but I wonder if it’s more than that…

Have I reached an age where a live show seems like more work than it’s worth? And now with all “the rules” having changed I can’t help but wonder if I will see another live show again? I mean, who really has the energy these days?

Then I circle back to this Rural Alberta Advantage show that I went to with my buddy James at the Grad Club in Kingston and these photos bring back all the energy and excitement I felt that night, like it was just last night.

So I think maybe my brain just needed a reminder. I think coming out of this pandemic (whenever that will be) we will all need a gentle reminder how wonderful a feeling it is to celebrate an artist’s music in a live venue. I know music will always play an important role in my life and even though I wasn’t blessed with the talent to be in a band, I can support those artists who are.

I can continue to support the arts in any way that I can. Hopefully that will lead me back to once again be going to live shows and seeing/hearing my favourite bands.

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