Life is so… whatever.

what am i gonna do… when your concert is over and i have the worst post-concert depression ever? D:

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(I might as well do this now, before I leave for three days and while the concert hangover is still fresh (oh wait, who am I kidding, I will forever have a hangover from this concert and I don’t mind).)

So. Let’s start from the beginning. A little more than two years ago, Anna and Jobelle and I were slaving away on many a night for CS32, and I stumbled upon this amazing band who makes amazing music. And I got into the habit of listening to them as I worked into the wee hours in the morning. And I fell in love. And then I learned the joy of going to concerts, and since then they’ve been on my concert wishlist.

Two years later, I was holding tickets to my dream:

Coincidentally, it was St. Patrick’s Day when I got those. I’m not Irish but it was a lucky day for me, nonetheless. I did not spare any expense, not for a band I have loved for years. Well okay, I didn’t get VIP but I thought that was pushing it and my sister would never go with me if I said we’d get VIP. So I settled for the second best seats. I considered it as my graduation gift for myself, even though I had no idea at the time if I was really going to graduate (it was… complicated). I figured, if I was, then it would be the perfect night right after my college recognition rites, and if I wasn’t, well then. The concert would be a pick-me-up, haha.

A month later, I actually graduated. Which was well and good but tbh I was mostly thinking OH YAY THE SCRIPT LATER!!! Ahahaha. Priorities, I has them. And I’m sorry to everyone who has given me a graduation present, because clearly I gave myself the best one. Haha.

Anyway. So! My sister and I got to Araneta at around 10 minutes before 8, took our seats about 20 rows from the stage (which, after standing at the barricades right in front of the stage during the Davids’ concert, would never be as good as what I wanted). Waited for about half an hour, and then. The lights went out and everyone was screaming and there was this ominous pulsing sound before the stage exploded in a flurry of lights and music and aksdkkask WE WERE OFF.

We were standing on our seats (when the bouncers weren’t there to tell us off) and screaming and clapping and singing and so was everyone else and UGH IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING CONCERT AUDIENCE I HAVE BEEN PART OF SO FAR. Danny kept making us sing along and we did, oh we did, I loved that they all knew the words! The energy never let up the entire time, it was amazing.

And the band, bless them, especially Danny, they returned the same energy tenfold. They’re fantastic performers, Danny looked like the music was practically bursting out of him that he had to keep moving and jumping and dancing around. It was the epitome of what artists keep saying, how the audience and the artist feed off each other’s energy during a show. THERE WAS JUST SO MUCH ENERGY GOING AROUND OKAY IT WAS AMAZING.

And the stage effects, OH GOODNESS. Normally in shows I’ve watched (not that I’ve seen many, but just for comparison), they’d probably have different-colored lights directed towards the stage, maybe even moving, but not the kind of lighting they did for this show. There were several columns of bright yellow lights on the stage and sometimes they’d light up in a blinding explosion and it would accentuate a part of a song and I didn’t know lights could be such a big part of a song until this. And the background was clearly well thought-of too, it wasn’t just random effects, it was usually something to complement the concept of the song as well.

I think it goes without saying that the music itself was amazing. They caught my attention from the get-go because they had a way with words, and I have a thing for people who know their way around words. Their songs were of the same themes that everyone else right now is singing about, but spoken in a clever, fresher, more heartfelt way. And their sound is like not like anything else out right now. And… I just really love them, okay. XD And I thought their songs were already perfect, but the live versions were even better! The arrangements were fantastic; there is amazing buildup and you can feel the emotion even more, and just– the entire thing was a real production, and I loved it. That is how you do a concert, kids. While your audience will love you even if you just sit there and whistle your songs, it would make the concert experiene a thousand times even more amazing if it was a complete package. It’s something that live music offers that recorded music can’t — the amplification of feeling. I don’t know if I explained it well enough, but think of it this way: after all that I was just so overwhelmed at what an amazing musical experience it was, I wanted to cry. *_____* My favorites were Science & Faith, Nothing, Dead Man Walking, For the First Time and Breakeven. Most of which are coincidentally my favorite The Script songs to begin with, so I might be a little biased, ha. Also my favorites are obviously mostly from the second album, because while their first album was so, so good, I wasn’t prepared for the awesome that was their second album. I never ceased to be amazed at the quality of this album, sometimes I need to take a moment to take it in. Haha I’m a dork, I know, but I also know for a fact that it reduces even 20-something guys to near-tears, ahahaha *cough*.


Science & Faith


Nothing


Breakeven

But I think my favorite part of the whole thing was how they seemed to genuinely appreciate the love and support from the audience. They’ve played dozens of shows all around the world but you get the feeling that each time is still like the first time. That every show they play is one they are still thankful for, to be able to play. And Danny kept making the audience sing (and actually even during the parts when he wasn’t telling us to, he didn’t need to. The audience sang along practically the entire time), and his face during it was just… He was so happy, my heart swelled to know that I was part of the audience that did that. During We Cry Danny said “You’re so beautiful, I wish you could see what I’m seeing right now.” Oh, Danny. I wish you could see what I was seeing, it was a gorgeous thing to behold. They just really really love what they’re doing, I can tell. And to see that love returned to them by such a warm audience was just really really amazing. And right there and then, I fell in love again and I knew without a doubt that they’re my favorite band and will be for a long time, possibly for the rest of my life.

And now five days later, I still have the most ridiculous post-concert depression. I want them to come back already. I haven’t listened to anything but my the mp3s I made from the concert videos I took. My sister and I keep singing their songs all day. We’re probably annoying everyone else at home, but I don’t care ILTHEM ILTHEM ILTHEM. ♥ ♥ ♥

(PS. My concert video playlist is here. I don’t have I’m Yours and Rusty Halo because my camera told me it was running out of battery so I decided to save it for when they inevitably sing Breakeven, lol, and I was busy partying it up during Rusty Halo. XD I’ll maybe upload mp3s from the videos later.)

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  1. you know, i will never probably fully understand the passion you and other people have for music. the way you could shell out thousands of pesos and put a lot of effort into watching musicians in their concerts. but i guess, when someone, or a group of people, for this matter, helps you get through the toughest of times, giving away an arm and a leg for tickets is so small compared to how they changed your life. ayun, wala lang. mostly i’m bitter i can’t afford tickets. music to you is like clothes and shoes to me. hehe…

    btw, i’m blogging again. i’ve included the url here. it’s in pink!!!

    imang

    May 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    • haha, different strokes for different folks, i guess.

      yay i’m glad! keep it updated, ha. :P

      eeeek

      May 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm


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