Standing in line in the sweltering heat, standing through a rainstorm and epic humidity was totally worth it. Why? I had three great people by my side and was able to see my favorite artist again.
Her name is Halsey. She is a 21 singer-songwriter from New York. For me, her lyrics connect with me on a level that I can only describe by explaining that I got them tattooed on my arm. It may not seem like a big deal but for me, the 20 year old who needs to hold her mom's hand when getting blood work done because of my fear of needles, it means a lot. She celebrates her diversity, as a biracial, bisexual woman who -- like many -- struggles with mental illness. Her openness about her own diversity and differences, whether through her lyrics or her words, causes her fans to accept, and even celebrate their own differences.
I don't know anyone else's motivation for going to the concert, but. for me, it was to see someone who writes lyrics that I can relate to, who seems to genuinely love her fans, live. Listening to an album only does so much, but seeing the artist live provides an experience words can not even describe; especially when the artist sounds as good as Halsey does live.
Shouting along to every word at the top of our lungs, my friends and I could not take our eyes off the stage. The production was elaborate, but Halsey commanded the stage with her voice and stage presence, even with her small frame. There are too many moments to list that stuck out to me, but the one that gave me chills, was when, during her song 'Drive', she asked the audience to take out a light. Looking around me, I was speechless, floored by the unity of seeing every visible audience member holding their phones singing along. Wanting to share this moment, I could only elbow my friends (sorry guys) and point.
Prior to her singing her first hit single, "Ghost," Halsey explained her inspiration by saying, "Sometimes you have to mourn people who are alive." My personal struggles have taught me that lesson the hard way. I hope that by listening to Halsey, no one else has to learn the hard way. Her openness in her songwriting drew me to her. After seeing her live, singing the lyrics that have gotten me through the toughest of times, she has a fan for life.
The ultimate lesson that can be learned from my favorite artist is one that everyone should take to heart. Explaining, "I am proud to be the woman I am because of you. I want you to stand in my audience and be proud of who you are... Music is not a place for fear." Although she is around my age, I believe that Halsey still has a lot to teach me.