I think that the thing that unifies all of the artists that I gravitate towards is that they are all storytellers. I like songs that can take me away from my life and place me into the lyrical world of somebody else’s. There is strength in vulnerability and sharing so many details of your life through your songs can make you feel like you’re right there with them. This week, I saw two different artists who have two completely different sounds but still manage to endlessly inspire me.
On Wednesday night, my aunt called me and told me that she had three tickets to the Imagine Dragons concert at the SAP Center that she wasn’t going to use and was wondering if I wanted them. I said yes. Just for future reference, they sound just as good in person as they do on their studio album. This is a band that has songs all over the radio and who just won a Grammy a couple of weeks ago. Below is a video of their song “On Top of the World.” It gets really interesting at about 2:10 when large beach balls filled with confetti fall from the ceiling.
And last night. I had tickets to see The Summer Set in concert. I bought those tickets back in December because I knew I would regret it if I didn’t. They are one of my absolute favorite bands, if not my favorite, yet I had never seen them in concert. I can’t tell you how many hours I have spent listening to their music in my car. Too many to count, that’s for sure. So yesterday comes along and I convinced myself that I didn’t need to go. I would be going by myself and it was all the way in San Francisco. Doors opened at 7:30 and the show started at 8:30 and it would take me an hour to get there so that meant leaving at 6:30 at the latest. 6:00 rolls around. Still sitting there.
But then all of a sudden at 6:15, I threw on a sweatshirt, hopped in my car, and got on the 280 en route to SF. No dinner and no second thoughts. It was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made and one of the best concerts I have ever been to. It was an acoustic concert with stripped-down performances of every single song from their latest album and then ended the show with their favorite songs from their old albums. They basically just stood on stage and talked to us for two hours and played their songs while the audience sang along. Apparently they had never done anything like that before so I am thanking my lucky stars that this was my first concert of theirs because the bar has been set so high and just when I thought it wasn’t possible to love them any more, their raw vocals blew me away. Below is a video of when they literally came down into the audience to sing their last song of the night.
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