The Importance Of Experiencing Live Music

The Importance Of Experiencing Live Music

It's food for our ears. Here's why you need to get nourished.
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Most of us have been to at least one concert, or maybe even 10, or even 20. When you go to concerts, it’s a completely different experience, and I say this as someone who didn’t have the opportunity to go to many concerts until coming to Boston, having already gone to three in this school year. Concerts show you so much about music that you didn’t fully think existed until you go to them. These events give you the chance to see the artists you love, in an environment that becomes intrinsically personal between you and the artist, even though theres a thousand plus people at the venue. It’s an experience, and we really need to start appreciating it more.

Going to a concert is so much more than just something you for a day, or something you do for a couple of days if you go to a festival. Going to a live music event is something completely different to anything recreational that you will do. Being at a show, where you get to see the music you hear all the time and love being made in front of you, is something that’s so special. When you see your favorite band of all time live for the first time you get to feel the music more than you do when you listen to them on repeat on Spotify or on iTunes. When they play your favorite songs just a bit different to how they sound on the albums, or perform a song that’s from their first album. All of these little things make the adventure so much better.

Not even the music itself, but the stage, the venue, how the lights are set, and everything that goes into making this show monumental all play a role in making you love live music more. Whether you’re there listening to music at day or night, or if it’s a three day festival like Coachella or Lollapalooza, the idea of being at a place where music is made surrounded by other people who love it just as much as you do makes being there worth it. If you love music enough, you won’t care that you have to spend money to buy a ticket, or even travel an hour to go see your artists live.

When you get to see the people you love most do something they love, and in turn something you love too, in front of you and hundreds, or thousands of other people, it’s an experience that can’t be topped. If you’re going to see a band, a singer, or a DJ, whatever you’re going to a music event for, just know that it’s something you can’t compare. These events, that are done so creatively are made for us. Yes, tours are vital to a musician, but they’re vital for us, as the fans too. When going to a show, we get to hear everything from the artist. Their explanation behind the song, why they wrote it, what it means to them, and in turn what it means to us.

Because of all of this, live music is so much better than the music we listen to through our earbuds. Yes, without the songs on our phones, we wouldn’t know about our favorite artists, but thanks to live music, we get to feel the artists too. So next time an artist you like is in town, take the time to go and see them, because you definitely won’t regret it.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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How To Help Your Post Vacation Blues As Told By The Kardashians

They are real!

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When the end of an amazing trip comes some people may be left feeling sad or even depressed.

This can include loss of appetite, loss of interest, exhaustion, and nostalgia.

Post vacation blues are defiantly a real thing, so don't feel alone or 'crazy' if you feel that you are experiencing them.

And sadly we aren't all rich and famous like the Kardashains so we can't just take off on our private jet whenever we feel like it.

So how can you go on a super fun vacation, without having to come home feeling down? Here are 8 ways that you can try and help those post vacation blues.

1. Catch up on some sleep

Sleep

Kim trying to sleep

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While vacation is supposed to be relaxing, we all know that sometimes it doesn't always turn out that way and that early morning activities, time change, and jet lag can all cause you to be very tired.

To try and find the energy the next day to get back to your daily duties, make sure that you go to bed early and catch up on your sleep so that you aren't a zombie just going through the motions the next day.

Even uber famous people like Kim need to sleep!

2. Practice self care

Bath

Bath time

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Go to the gym, take a bath like Kim, or do a face mask.

Whatever makes you feel a little better and relaxed, go for it!

This is a great way to make you feel better and a little less stressed out about being back and having responsibilities.

3. Tell your friends about your trip

Friends

Unless you went on it with them, like Kylie does, excuse me I meant *did*

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Reliving your vacation by telling your friends about the great experience that you had is a great way to reminisce on it, but also get it out of your system.

Just make sure that it isn't all that you are talking about and that it doesn't come off as standoffish.

 4.   Write a travel blog or make a scrapbook

Blog

But instead of Tumblr, it'll be your blog

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This is yet another way to relive your vacation in a healthy way.

It can help you save the memories that you made on it, while helping you find closure.

If you make a blog, it could help other people out who are looking to travel there and a scrapbook is a good way to preserve the memory.

 5.  Catch up with people

Friends

Hang out with these kinds of people

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Spend your free time meeting up with friends and family members to talk about what you missed while you were away.

This is a good way to get you back into the rhythm of being back home and at staying engaged in your life that you put on pause for vacation.

6. Start planning your next trip

Planning

What you will be saying if you don't plan it early

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Sure you may be sad about your trip, but who said that you can't start planning a news one for the future?

Of course money and other obstacles can be boundaries against you being immediately able to go on another trip, but there is no harm in preparing for the future.

7. Keep yourself busy

Hobby

Hobby

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Finding a hobby that you enjoy or immersing yourself in your work is a great way to distract yourself from those blues.

So take Kris's advice and find a new hobby!

8. Think about what you have at home

Dogs

Kris clearly missed her dog, even though I think that is actually Kim or Khloe's

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Sure being on vacation can be fun and a great escape, but surely there are things at home that you missed.

Maybe it was your dogs (or cat if you are one of those people) or your friends.

Whatever it was, focus on that and realize how lucky you are to have them in your life!

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