I'm a huge music person. I love going to concerts, love making playlists, listening to things people recommend, and I really appreciate instruments especially guitar, drums and piano. Hearing music live has a totally different feeling than hearing the studio version. Sometimes you may like a song better when it's played live.
You don't necessarily have to go to a concert to hear live versions. That's why there's youtube, and sometimes you're lucky enough to even have an actual record that was made live.
Here are some reasons why live music is better than studio.
1. You get to hear the crowd's excitement
No matter if you're watching a performance on screen or you're actually there, you can just hear the excitement of the crowd and it can give you chills. If you're watching on screen, you imagine yourself there and if you're actually there, you want to live in the moment, stop whatever you're thinking about and just appreciate the sound of the music
2. The music can speak to you more
Because it's live, you can hear the emotion in the artist's voice(s) or how many instruments are being played, or even the tempo of the song. How the crowd reacts can also be a huge part of how it speaks to you. If they're singing a part together, it's more likely you're gonna remember that, even when you're listening to the studio version.
3. It's unfiltered
This can mean that you can hear the artist's emotions or they can change the words or do basically anything because it's live and it's their show.
4. You're able to feel like you're there
This obviously goes along with a recorded version of the live performance or you're watching on screen. With the crowd making noise and everything that comes along with a live performance, you can feel like you're actually there. Close your eyes and picture yourself there, and it's the most amazing feeling
5. The songs are often longer
Because they may change notes or words, or have more instruments, or have longer solos, the songs are often much longer. The longer the song goes on the more time you can picture yourself there.
6. More instruments
This goes along with a lot of the reasons but there are a lot more instruments used, or it's more likely that you'll hear them since it's live and unfiltered.
7. You get excited with the crowd
If you're not there to enjoy the show with the crowd, but you can still see or hear the crowd, you'll often find yourself getting excited with them no matter how you get excited. Sometimes I find myself squealing if they're screaming, or getting emotional when they get emotional.
PCD stands for Post Concert Depression and contrary to popular belief, you don't actually have to go to the concert to go through it. Sometimes all it takes is a great live recording of a song and it'll have you miss a concert you didn't even go to.
9. Note Changes
Yes, this deserves it's own reason because sometimes I listen to a live performance of a song purely because I love the note changes in it. Sometimes you question why the artist didn't have that note in there anyway, but because you hear it live, you stop complaining.
10. Cover songs
Sometimes an artist performs a song that isn't theirs and they perform it live and never create an actual studio version. I'm looking at you One Direction, who never recorded Teenage Dirtbag (Originally by Wheatus). Anyway, sometimes they keep the same tune, but sometimes they change it up a bit and make it their own, and personally I love when they make it their own.