Friday, January 10, 2014

What Happened To Being A Fan???

Music is life. It's such a simple and profound statement, but the truth is ever since I was 11 or 12 it has been my reality. Childhood consisted of conserving every penny to buy tickets to a show. Sometimes it was a Friday night rager at the local VFW hall and sometimes it was a trek out to The State Theatre with Christie’s mom. Every day, every night, music is what we did. As an adult I have devoted a sometimes unhealthy amount of my free time to attending shows and writing about music. I met most of my friends in venues over the last 15+ years while checking out local bands. Music really is my life and I like it that way. Unfortunately, lately I have noticed a shift in the music culture of Detroit and I guess I'm using this opportunity to call it out.

Let me back up... Did you guys know that Lady Gaga is coming to town on May 17th? They just announced
that tickets go on sale this Monday and I'm pretty excited about this show. You see, I’ve seen Lady Gaga the last three times that she was in town and it was amazing. I got dressed up with my best friend Christie and we went to the show and danced and sang and had a really good time. I always go in full costume and pay tribute to something Gaga has done with my clothes. It's really fun to take pictures with other fans and generally nerd out over a mutual obsession. I don’t necessarily want to meet Lady Gaga or care who she is dating or what she ate for dinner, I actually like being her fan and just appreciate her for her art. Would I love the opportunity to get her on camera? Hell yes! But, I'm not sure how I’d make that happen at this stage in the game, Hip's not that hip yet! I like the relationship that we have, she creates and I appreciate it. When I am down, she makes me dance. Falling in love with her a few years ago pulled me back and made me remember how fun it could be to be a fan and just love an artist and their music. I can actually say that seeing her live and watching her rise to fame helped me finally get the courage to start writing again.

That brings me back to the beginning. Why doesn't anyone in Detroit want to be a fan anymore? What happened to going to shows, to appreciating other artists for what they are, and for generally nerding out over a mutual love of something? Instead of standing around with your arms closed, why not open them and have a good time? I want to make some new friends that are also into music when I hang out at shows. I keep asking myself, why does everyone always make fun of the girl who gets up and gets into the show? I think to myself, she's the only one getting her money's worth and really living in the moment.

People have become so obsessed with who they know and where they are and how they are perceived that they forgot to have fun. We have become obsessed with posting about being at a show, so much so that we end up taking pictures of fun instead of living the fun. We all forgot to love music for music. I admit that I've been guilty of this myself over the years, but I have seen the light. Gaga has reminded me of why I fell in love with music in the first place and I'm ready to get back to my roots. 

So everyone, I want to meet you and talk to you at shows. I want to dance like an idiot and make sure that I get every dollars worth of fun. I want to share less on social media and share more moments in person. 

Hi everyone, my name is Sadie, want to go to a show? I hear lady Gaga's coming to town and I have this awesome costume…


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