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“The Power of Live Music…”

It’s interesting to follow the progression of how we access and consume music over the centuries.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere was a time when the only way to hear music was by being in the audience or playing it yourself. For many centuries, children were schooled in music partly so that they could then provide entertainment during the time between dinner and bedtime.

The first recordings must have seemed miraculous. Imagine listening to music, a symphony perhaps, in the privacy of your own home!

And although recordings allow the masses to access music previously reserved for the rich, they also place a distance between the musician and the listener.

I remember when cassette tapes became mainstream and then CDs were on the rise. There were some rather furious debates about the “soullessness” of those recordings. Many people felt that vinyl was the truest way to experience recordings and that, somehow, LPs captured a certain something that the clarify of audio files could not.

And now vinyl is making a comeback once again. Even the New York Times declared a resurgence earlier this year. And the Washington Post reported that vinyl record sales have hit their highest point since 1997.

Still if you really want to be a purist about music, nothing beats the R-E-A-L thing. And that means live music.

Here’s a demonstration of what I mean…

Listen to the original album version of “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2:

And then to this live version:

Which one stokes your fire? Which one give you goosebumps?

You might decide that, for you, the original version will always be the best. And that’s OK.

But consider mixing things up a bit every now and then.

We’re not living in the Victorian Age anymore. We have access to so much music which includes DJ remixes of songs and live concert bootleg videos shot all over the world and posted to YouTube. Be creative and inventive in your search for “new” music.

Here’s another example of an infectious first live performance of a current chart-topping hit, “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. This is a great live version to pump you up…

And just one more live concert edition for you…

“Gangnam Style” by Psy (I love it when the audience sings along):

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Posted on Oct 23, 2013

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Kim Nishida has been working in the fitness industry for more than two decades and is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Schwinn Spinning, Reebok Cycle, Powerstrike Kickboxing, Keiser Cycling and is formerly the Group Exercise Director at UC Berkeley.

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  1. Eric says:

    Amazing live music helps my mood. I know I can look to music to help give me energy or I can seek out music to help me relax. There is just something about music and the relationship we have with it. Awesome post!

  2. I grew up in a musical household and music has ALWAYS been a major influence in my life!

    Live Recordings always provide a different ‘sound’ than studio recordings!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Kim Nishida says:

      Lovely to hear that you grew up surrounded by music, Paul. Can you imagine life without it? Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Nicole says:

    Nothing makes me cry, but I’ve been known to burst into tears at live shows. They are so unbelievably powerful. Whether was Jane’s Addiction at a bar, Foo Fighters at a Record Store or Nine Inch Nails coming up at the Staples Center, I’ve seen and felt things at live performances that I will never forget. I can’t wait fo the next one!

    • Kim Nishida says:

      Yes, it’s amazing the crazy rush of emotions live performances can stir up, Nicole! It’s wonderful that a lot of “big names” are going back to smaller venues. And of course, being in a raging crowd of appreciative fans filling up a stadium can be pretty awesome too. Enjoy NIN!

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