Imagine now, hundreds, thousands of people with their brainwaves synced together. Droves of people, all different ages, races, nationalities coming together to enjoy something they have in common; a handful of individuals performing their art for stadiums full of fans. Under other circumstances, if some of these people meet, they may be enemies, but for these few hours, in this one place… none of that matters. There’s no differing sides, no competing teams, no conflict of opinions–the conflict you’d most likely encounter at a concert might be:
“Yeah, my favorite song is X.”
“Are you serious? ALL the songs on album Y are better than that song!”
“My favorite song is Z… oh you don’t know it? That’s because I’ve been listening to them since before they were popular.”
The only thing that matters is that everyone has gathered together for one common purpose; to experience this music that has somehow made an impact on them whether big or small.
There’s nothing like looking over at a complete stranger and seeing that you’re both singing the exact same words in unison. And yet, those same words touch each individual in a completely different way…
Or witnessing a sea of people clapping, stomping, screaming together, but still feeling the overwhelming resonance between you and a loved one swaying together, bobbing to the same rhythm, as the music pulses, seemingly for only you.
In our world where violent stories riddle the news and paranoia hides around every corner, concerts are able to provide a brief escape to a place of union, camaraderie, and peace.
A sea of cell phones, signaling for an encore after tonight’s concert.