On the Other Side of the Barricade

In my last blog I wrote about what I see from the stage as a performer. This past Sunday night I went to see one of my favorite bands and I was inspired to write about what I experience from the floor as a fan.

I attended the show with my good friend, but aside from him, I did not know anyone else there. Yet, I experienced an unparalleled sense of camaraderie, as I do almost every time. The bands give 100% for their fans and the fans come out and give 100% for their bands.

This is perhaps the truest definition of family. This is highly appealing for those who might not feel comfortable in other social settings, the unaccepted, for which music tends to be a kind of lightning rod. For these people, like myself, music ceased to be a hobby when it became a lifestyle. And, when music becomes a lifestyle, it transforms the way you look, the way you walk, the way you talk and the way you think.

This, of course, makes the unaccepted even different still, which can cause further judgment. Being a victim of judgment demands a remedy of open-mindedness. This is why going to a show can be such a monumental event; the sense of acceptance, freedom, safety … family.

Even the band that you came to see is no different than you – after all they came for the same reason which is the music. Being a part of a scene, even if its a counterculture, creates a healthy feeling of identity, perhaps especially if its a counterculture.