Live music is incredibly important to society and life-changing to many, myself included. The sad fact is that it is also increasingly vulnerable and sometimes has a precarious place in our lives. Live music venues are closing at a terrifyingly fast rate and there is nothing to replace the ones that have been lost.
I have been going to live shows for as long as I can remember and I will never stop. There is nothing quite like the building excitement of a crowd before a band walks on stage, or the thrill of unexpectedly discovering your new favourite artist in a pub back room.
But without those back rooms being available, where will the future musicians of tomorrow learn their trade? The current decline of live music has been written and talked about a lot. I’m not here to change the world, I just want to immerse myself in as much live music as I can.
Music is the constant source of affirmation and consolation for all. Someone very wise once wrote, “Everyone can find a song for every time they’ve lost and every time they’ve won.”
Music has a magic. And live music can change your mood, your ideas, and without sounding too dramatic, your life.
This year, I have decided to set myself a mission. I want to try to see some form of live music every week. It might be a favourite band, it might be a new singer, it might be an open-mic night, it might be a West End show, it might be a busker. All are interesting and all have the ability to positively influence the audience. And in this day and age, we all need a bit of positivity.
And I will record my mission here. Just don’t expect many photos as it’s against my religion to get my phone out during a show.