Live musical performance is an enriching experience that, by in large, cannot be replicated through any other means. The price of admission is an incredible bargain, considering the impactful, often unforgettable effect such an experience has on the mind, body, and soul. It is a unique consequence of the human condition, a product of immense influence and power, able to move both individuals and the masses to life-motivating consequences. Sounds daunting (and perhaps a bit overly dramatic), but I sense most would agree that more than a modicum of truth lies within.
I can attest that, for the varied professional musicians on the stage and in the studio creating these performances, it’s rarely anything less. Sure, we have our somewhat mindless commercial jingle studio gigs, etc, that help pay the bills. But even for us “old” guys getting up there to play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 for the one-hundredth time, the moment always finds a way of transforming us, the psychoacoustic experience offering yet another slightly new perspective into the aural journey. It really never gets old.