When I heard the news of the attack in Manchester my heart sunk. As an avid concert goer the attack struck a chord with me. I felt sick to my stomach when it happened in Paris & it was just as hard with Manchester.
This past Sunday my husband & I spent 3 hours of our day watching One Love Manchester live on Freeform. To say I was an emotional wreck is putting it lightly. I couldn’t stop tearing up. Every time Ariana Grande teared up, every time they showed a concert goer tearing up, when a little girl got to sing on stage with Ariana, when concert goers were dancing & singing with police. I just kept thinking, stronger together, we’re stronger together and what better way to be together than at a concert?!
I have seen my husband lose himself to the music of Flogging Molly, & I have had happy tears in my eyes while singing along to Weezer. Music does something to people, it moves them, it transports them from whatever situation they are in. Music can change my entire mood in one 4 minute song. My love for music is rooted deep in my soul. There’s no better medicine than driving down a country road with the windows down & the music up. I truly believe that.
Concerts are magical places where people from all different backgrounds/beliefs/races/everything can come together to share their love for the artist(s) on stage. There’s something about singing along to a song at the top of your lungs with hundreds or even thousands, of strangers that just makes me ridiculously happy. I want artists to feel that support. I want literally every person to be able to see their favorite artists live because it’s an amazing experience.
Up until these attacks, I would have said you will never, ever, ever regret spending money on a concert ticket. Now I feel that’s a broad statement. How sad that an Eagles of Death Metal show & now an Ariana Grande show have ended in tragedy. What kind of world is it that we live in that things like concerts are being targeted?? A place of sanctuary, a place full of happy fans, immersing themselves in the music they love. But then I just think, we can’t let ourselves live in that fear. We can’t be scared to go to movie theaters, to fly on planes, to attend concerts or send kids to school. That’s how they win.
During the One Love Manchester show a number of different artists came together to show a united love for the city & the people affected by this tragedy. I remember telling Scot, “I’m not a Katy Perry fan, but I am today”. I was just so moved by the whole thing. One of the songs Katy sang was her hit, “Part of Me”, as she sang the lyrics, “This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me” I thought, YES, this is what this whole show is about! THIS is the power of music & unity & love. When Coldplay & the crowd sang “Don’t Look Back in Anger” to Ariana Grande. I mean, I’m tearing up thinking about it. You can get the whole set list online. Listen to these songs, a majority of them have lyrics that speak right to what happened, to the victims, to the survivors. It isn’t what they were written for, but that’s one of the amazing things about a song, it can mean different things to different people.
There’s a lot of negativity in the world today. Let music be your escape from it all. Lose yourself in your favorite jam. SING at the top of your lungs in the car/shower/wherever you want to! Always remember, hate & fear can try to tear us apart, but we will always have music & united we rock.