Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Are you feelin it?
When I first met my buddy, Dave, we were at Happy Hour at Saint Rocke. I asked him what kind of music he was into.
"Really? That's all you listen to?"
"I like other stuff too. But I really love Beck."
"Have you ever seen him Live?"
"Well, me neither. But I'm sure it's amazing..."
We traded stories about some of the best festivals we'd been to, and it turns out we had similar tastes: iconic jam bands, old school punk, new school electronic...Since then, he's been my concert bro for some pretty epic bands. Every time I have an extra ticket, I call Dave. He's always down. And when word got out that Beck was playing a Hurricane Benefit nearby, Dave knew we had to be there. I didn't even have to ask.
Downtown Los Angeles was buzzing with the presence of some of Hollywood's most well known celebs. When heavy hitters like Will Ferrell and Aziz Ansari are involved, it's a circus. People were laughing, chatting, taking pics, and videotaping every detail with their I-phones.
But when Beck came onstage and played, Lost Cause, everyone just stopped.
I don't think I've ever been more moved by a performance.
And when his set was over, I looked over at Dave. He had the most peaceful smile on his face. I can't even explain it.
He said, "Welp, I can die happy now." I couldn't speak (for fear I'd burst out crying uncontrollably). I wiped the tears off my face, and just nodded. Unbelievable.
That, my friends, is what live music is supposed to do. Stop whatever the hell you're doing or thinking about, and listen. Listen with your heart.
Whether it be joy, sadness, pain, anguish, fear, or freedom....feel something. Anything.
I mean, fucking feel it.