In college, I was the manager of our small radio station and I really enjoyed discovering new music and promoting new bands. In fact, I told everyone at our cocktail get together tonight that I really wanted to be an A&R rep for a record label and go out searching for new talent when I was in college but I was too scared to follow that dream.
As I got older and got a “real job” I stopped going to listen to live music and lost a part of myself. A couple years ago, through events which could be another post I rediscovered my inner rock chick and starting taking her to shows again. It’s different now, I’m totally into the music. I don’t care whether I look hip or not and I’m having a blast! I’ve discovered some new groups and have gone to some big headliner shows.
Last night I had the good fortune to see the Foo Fighters show at the Forum. What an awesome show! Dave Grohl is amazing and makes a venue as big as the Forum seems personal. He can sing acoustic or scream out the rock without a break in his voice or energy. I love watching people perform who truly love what they do and throw themselves into it full on! That is the feeling you get from the Foos.
They played for over 2 hours. I was fortunate to be up close for half the show. They had two stages one traditional up front with a long cat walk that led to a second stage in the back. A friend of a friend who works security at the Forum told us to stand by the back circle and boy am I glad we did. I had what felt like an intimate view of the acoustic part of the concert.
When you look for inspiration you can find it everywhere. Here’s some messages and inspiration I got from the show.
Be yourself. Dave Grohl is one of the most successful rock stars around right now. He’s been in two top bands: Nirvana and the Foos but what strike me about him is how goofy and fun he is. Totally real. How often do we put on roles of what we think we have to be like if we have a certain job? I think what shines through is he is being himself and having fun and everyone has fun with him.
Surround yourself with friends. With our up close view, I could see these musicians really like playing with each other. You could feel the comraderie. I enjoyed the concert because I was sharing it with my friends and the new friends we made standing next to us because of our mutual “foo” love.
Don’t play small. Do what you do full out! People love to come along on the journey when you are ready to commit full out. As we drove away my friends and I commented on how tired the band must be–as the performance was so energetic and connected to the audience. They gave it 110%.
While I’m tired tonight from my late night out last night, I’m also inspired to let my inner artist take flight. Music does that for me. And I’m so grateful I let my inner rock chick back out!