10 Reasons Why Concerts Are Magical

10 Reasons Why Concerts Are Magical

Concerts: a room full of strangers united by their love of music.
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There is no greater feeling than waking up on the morning of your concert and realizing that in a few hours, you will be in the same room as your favorite artists. I still remember nearly every detail about my first time seeing my favorite band in concert at Metlife Stadium. The butterflies, excitement, and tears are still fresh in my mind.

Here is a list of 10 reasons why I think concerts are magical, ethereal, and pristine!

I asked my friends and Twitter followers to describe how concerts make them feel, and I have included their quotes below.

1. Unity

I think that the most beautiful thing about attending a concert is the sense of unity you feel with the strangers around you. You have never met those people and will most likely never cross paths with them in the future, but for those few hours, you are all sharing one experience; you are part of a greater picture.

2. Crowd Sing-Alongs, “Finish the song, New York!”



I get chills every time I hear a crowd singing an artist’s song in unison. You can have the worst singing voice in the world, but when you mix it with thousands of other voices, the sound is beautiful. It’s incredible to think that many people know every word to all the songs being performed. At my second One Direction concert at Metlife Stadium, the crowd finished Little Things for the boys. I filmed it and when I watched it back, I realized that as the band yelled, “louder!” the crowd's volume rose accordingly until we sang at the top of our lungs. (my video is linked above)

3. FINALLY getting tickets

Tickets are a confirmation that you will be seeing your favorite artists in the future. The process of attaining them on Ticketmaster is stressful (if you’ve ever tried to get good seats to a show, you know this is true!) but worth it in the end. Whether you buy your tickets or have them given to you by someone, the feeling of having them is amazing. Many people work for months to be able to afford to go to a concert they really want to go to, so finally having them is extremely rewarding.

4. Countdowns

Knowing that you have a concert to go to gives you a reason to keep going a lot of times. People go through so much in everyday life, so knowing that in a few months, they’ll get to have an amazing time watching their favorite singers, gives them a reason to push through all the hardships. The feeling of seeing your countdown grow smaller and smaller is amazing.

5. Fan Projects

Fandoms exist for nearly every band/artist. People in these fandoms typically organize fan projects that consist of having everyone print out signs or bring things to hold up during a specific song. They are planned on Twitter and Instagram, spread around to everyone attending the concert, and usually have ineffable results. I can only imagine what the artists see as they look out into a sea of signs. Signs usually say things like “thank you” to the artists, because they do a lot for their audience. Being a part of these projects gives you a sense of unity as well.

6. Flashlights

The lack of stars in the sky wasn’t a problem for me in the city, because on two nights, I got to see sixty thousand stars lit up across a stadium. I remember looking around the enormous place and seeing twinkling lights moving back and forth, in perfect sync, giving me a sense of peace and serenity. Time stops in moments like these. You feel so small, yet so significant because you are also contributing to the picturesque scene taking place in front your eyes.

7. Emotions

Everyone reacts to things differently; everyone feels things differently, but I think everyone can agree with the fact that concerts bring out pure emotion from people. I’m not big on crying without a good reason, but I can tell you that when I saw my favorite band walk out onto the stage, just feet away from me, I burst into tears. I was shaking and crying nonstop. I had never understood the term “happy tears” before that moment. I was overjoyed and zealous because in that moment, nothing else mattered.

8. Seeing your friends



Concerts are often a hub for people to connect or reunite. If an artist is going to one place in a state, everyone from that state who is going will attend that show. This gives people the chance to meet their internet friends for the first time or to reunite with old friends who they haven’t seen a while. Being a fan of the same artist connects people in incredible ways and can create life long friendships. They are able to see each other and enjoy a show that they have been anticipating for months.

9. Breaking the Distance

We spend our lives hearing music and seeing music videos through our phones, laptops, and other devices. For many, it is hard to believe that the people singing are actual people because we never see them. Once they are in front of you, the surreal feeling kicks in and you realize that they are real, they are there, and you are sharing a magical moment. The artist that was there to pick you up when you were having a bad time, is there in front of you. You finally get to hear the songs that got you through your darkest times, and in that moment, there is no other place you would rather be.

10. A safe haven

Many fans describe concerts as their home, because they feel safe, loved, and united. The world can be an awful place, filled with people who want to hurt others. Everyone experiences stressful situations and bad moments. Concerts are events that allow you to feel safe and happy. They are places where you can be yourself, sing as loud as you want, and scream until you lose your voice. You can let go of everything for a few hours and focus on enjoying yourself.

I miss the feeling of standing outside of Metlife stadium with my fandom, hearing the electrified cheers from the crowds already inside. The excitement in the air is something that I can still feel when I close my eyes and remember those days. Finding my seats, seeing the boys come out, and singing with all I had are things I will never ever forget.

I look forward to all the concerts I will attend in the future. I hope that everyone will get the chance to see their favorite artist perform live one day; it’s an unparalleled experience.

Cover Image Credit: OH MY DISNEY

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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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