2017-08-13 / Family

Rainy Concerts and Heartfelt Music

Youth Columnist

On Saturday, Aug. 5, I took a three hour drive up north to Bangor to attend a concert at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion.

Popular bands One Republic, Fitz and The Tantrums, and X Factor winner James Arthur amazed me with their beautiful and passion-filled performances onstage. 

Unfortunately, the weather did not prevail for the fans, nor the musicians, for in the middle of One Republic’s set, lightning struck across the stormy skies, and it had began to rain. This caused the concert to end early and the audience could not hear the rest of the band’s set.

I was counting my lucky stars that I would not get rained on where I was seated. My seats were located in the second row underneath the stage, so luckily I had a dry experience. However, there was a slight mist that could be felt.

Personally, I thought it was wonderful to feel a slight wet breeze considering it was humid outside. Overall, the weather was beautiful despite the fact that it had caused the concert to be cancelled.

I have been a huge fan of One Republic since they have released their 2007 hit “Apologize," which was later remixed by Timbaland. The lead singer, Ryan Tedder, continues to amaze me with his gifted songwriting skills and soothing vocals on and off stage.

I believe that it is safe to say that the band itself including five members Ryan Tedder, Drew Brown, Eddie Fisher, Brent Kutzle, and Zach Filkins have a powerful musical effect on not just myself, but any audience listening to the group perform.

I witnessed such a passionate expression on the talented musicians' faces for what they were doing. To me, that makes watching a performance that much greater, and creates an emotional response to those around them. I also believe that it creates a better performance.

What I mean by this is that you can really feel the emotions that the performer is feeling for what they are creating.

I am a musician, so I know that feeling of passion as well. It rushes through out your body. It clouds your mind and seeps into the very tip of your toes. It causes goosebumps to spread all over the body. You simply feel lost in song because you are doing what you love. You feel free.

I hope others that do not perform music at least feel that same sensation when listening to music. After all, it is a daily part of our lives. Music enlightens the human soul. If others do not feel this marvelous feeling with music, I hope they at least find the feeling in something else that they enjoy. 

Back to my original spiel on the concert, I also found that the other talented artists, Fitz and The Tantrums, and James Arthur, had also shown that same expression of passion on their faces which made the overall concert experience spectacular, despite the rainstorm ending it early.

I also enjoy listening to these musicians on a daily basis, so knowing all the lyrics to songs sung in the concert and being able to sing with the artists made the time spent that much more enjoyable.

In a final note, I had an amazing and heartfelt experience listening to some of my favorite artists perform on Saturday. I would highly recommend checking out the artist’s music if you are looking to try out something new today.

On the other hand, if you are familiar with these groups already, I hope that you enjoy their creations as much as I do. 

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