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Music: An Inspiration

This week, I took the time to listen to some music I haven’t heard in a while. Some of the bands, singers, and artists I’ve neglected recently. From Within Temptation to Tokio Hotel to The Gazette – English, German, Japanese. I returned to it all. There are two reasons for this, but one of them is a specific cause.

Panic! At the Disco’s new album, Death of A Bachelor, releases on Friday. My favorite band since I was twelve and the music I can always turn to and be entertained by; how could this upcoming release not excite me?PATD_Cover_FINAL_Death of a Bachelor

I’ve stayed in the loop as they released singles. I’ve listened to them all.

Now, I’m ready to hear the final product.

You might wonder why this led me to listen to other music. It’s really quite simple. Music is inspiration. Singers are artists. Writers. Storytellers. Music is one of my greatest inspirations. The right song of album can guide me through scenes I need to write. Finding the right song can create that burst of inspiration, that EUREKA moment that gets me unstuck if I’m struggling.

Music is a large part of my writing.

With the release of their new album, a new burst of inspiration is sure to come. I need to be ready for it.

How does music inspire you?

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Panic! At the Disco: Live in Concert

I promise to go back to writing-based blogs soon, but I need to write about this, so I have it on black and white. I mentioned in my earlier post Just For The Record: Music, that I was heading to a concert that night – Panic! At the Disco, to be precise.

Live Concert

The concert seemed too short. There’s no other way to describe it. Being there was an amazing experience and I had a wonderful time. The opening act turned out better than I expected and Panic! blew even my wildest ideas of seeing them in concert out of my mind.

They are amazing live, had great, entertaining conversations between songs and all in all, drew the crowd into the performance. We weren’t just viewers, we were a part of the experience. In my opinion, that’s what sets a good live band apart from a bad live one- how much they interact with the crowd; the people who came to see them.

They dedicated their song, Always, to us. They thanked us for spending our Friday night with them, and not at home watching cartoons and eating ice cream (as Brendon put it). They showed their gratitude and how much it truly meant to them.

They dedicated another song to the victims and families of the dead, or injured, from the Pukkelpop Fiasco, which happened only a night before. You can read Spencer’s recollections of the night here.

The rundown is that a horrible storm hit a music festival in Belgium just as Panic! wanted to go on stage. Over 60,000 people outside or in tents when it hit. Last I heard, there were five deaths, a dozen severely injured and even more with minor injuries. My heart goes out to everyone involved.

As Spencer says in that article,

We were about 30 seconds from going on stage to start our set when the light rain turned into a downpour….and then the wind hit. The steel beams holding up the tent started swaying, as did the full lighting/sound rig. In fear of it all collapsing everyone started running out. Then the wind got stronger and it turned into chaos.

They recovered, and the rest of the weekend festival got cancelled. How Panic! managed to go on stage only twenty-four hours after that is beyond me, but I commend them for having the courage to do so. They are an inspiration to me and always have been.

I will never forget that amazing night and the pictures I took will serve as wonderful memories.

Live Concert

What is your best concert memory?

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