Yesterday I posted a clip of Greg Cartwright, my personal Rock and Roll Hero playing a one of my favorite songs. I’m glad that someone had the foresight to record the song (Live The Life) because he absolutely kills it. I’m always happy to see someone keeping a record of live music for posterity (with the band’s approval of course) because I never think to do it. I’ve been to hundreds of live shows and I’ve never once taken a photo or shot a second of video, not even on my phone because I’m afraid to miss the moment when the music hits me just right.
Whenever I go to see live music and it’s really good, three things always happen. There’s that moment when the music catches me just right and I get lost in the sound. There’s that moment in between the last note and house lights going when I hope that somehow it’s going to continue all night. Finally there’s the moment I walk outside and my ears may be ringing and I may be tired but I feel fantastic because I can’t really feel myself touching the ground. It’s that last one that really sticks with me but it needs the first two in order to work and I never know when they are going to happen so I can’t waste time recording what’s going on or I’ll miss it. The best times of my life, musical and otherwise, have involved getting lost in the moment and hoping it would last forever, like the time I dumped a 55 gallon drum of super bounce balls down a flight of stairs or the first time I met my wife (I did not push her down the stairs).
I’m thinking about getting lost in the great moments because at the present time I’m stuck in a lousy one that I can’t shake. I’m stressed because I feel stuck, like everyone else I know, I’m working hard but not taking home enough money. I like what I’m doing but it’s a struggle to make ends meet right now. I grew up poor so I tend to always believe I’ll find a way but I’m stressing about this one and wondering what I’m going to do. This is the reverse of that great live music feeling so I’m trying to hold it at bay with the help of a live performance that someone was good enough to record just in case someone needed it.
Here’s the post with that song in case you want to hear it.