Don’t Stop the Music

January 29th, 2008

I haven’t gone to a lot of concerts in my short 19 years of life, but the few I have been to have been entertaining. I have rocked out at Vans Warped Tour, head banged at OzzFest, screamed as Gwen Stefani took the stage, sang along with various Christian local bands, and, sadly, in the 4th grade, jumped up and down excitedly while watching Britney Spears. These few concerts may not seem like a lot compared to amount other people go to but they are more than enough for me. Each one represents a different point in my life where I liked certain kinds of music. I went through my bubble gum pop phase (Britney), my wanna be punk phase (Vans) and my rebellious death metal phase (OzzFest). Right now though, I am into my “listen to what makes me happy” phase (Gwen). Seeing Gwen Stefani was like a dream come true, it was what made me happy and I didn’t care if she was all mainstream or only this and not that. I have liked her music since her No Doubt days and I was going to see her perform, end of story. I went with two of my closest friends, Katay and Kat, and we had so much fun. It didn’t matter to us that we were partially surrounded by parents and 8 year olds. We loved Gwen and we couldn’t wait to see her live. When she got on stage, it was like fireworks going off. She had the crowd going the second the intro to “The Sweet Escape” started playing. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget, especially the part when she came out into the audience and was about 20 feet away from me!

Every concert is like Christmas for me: I can’t sleep the night before and I feel like a little kid – all excited and antsy. Come Wednesday, this feeling is going to be plaguing me again as I get ready to go to another concert on Thursday. I, along with my roommate Meagan and our friend Claire, am going to the Sparky’s Flaw concert, which is going to be amazing! This, like Gwen, falls under my “what makes me happy” concert phase. And I know that the second the boys hit the stage, I will definitely be happy rocking out to some of my favorites by them, like “Melodies and Moodswings” and “The New Year.” It’s hard to describe exactly what they’re music is like, it’s a mixture of alternative and punk, a cross between Maroon 5 and Death Cab for Cutie. Any way it’s put, Sparky’s Flaw is amazing and I’ll keep you updated on how it goes, so look for my next post!

Gwen Stefani Concert!

Katie, Kat, and me at the Gwen Stefani concert!

Gwen Stefani!

Gwen Stefani!

Sparky's Flaw

The boys from Sparky’s Flaw!