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Embracing the Solo Concert Experience

Music's ability to bring people together is unlike any other art form. A mutual appreciation for a song or artist has a certain effect on how one relates to another. No matter how much music tastes vary, the simple acknowledgement of the genius of a song or its ability to alter one’s mood is a powerful instrument in forming interpersonal relationships that extend beyond commonplace connections.

I have discovered that many of my friends  have a variety of music tastes and that don’t particularly line up with each other. But what is one to do when a long-beloved artist is playing a show and no one you know is willing or able to attend the concert with you? While attending a concert alone may be daunting to some, I have found it to be a worthwhile endeavor.

Although attending shows with friends can prove to be memorable, there is something to be said about the solo concert experience. When the name of that long awaited headliner is finally displayed above the doors of your favorite venue, it seems that nothing should get in your way, not even facing the idea of going at it alone.

Having attended my fair share of concerts in this manner, I can attest to the feeling of euphoria that accompanies standing in a crowd of mutual music lovers while listening to the melodies and lyrics that brought you and those around you to the appointed venue. When attending alone, there are ample opportunities to meet new people. Simultaneously, you maintain a sense of anonymity and retain the freedom to craft your own concert experience.

Ultimately, the music itself is far more decisive in making a show worthwhile. Without the (sometimes welcomed) distraction of friends, you are able to better appreciate the complexities and nuances of the performance.

Boston College is located in one of the best music cities in the world, and there are a multitude of both mainstream and lesser-known musicians scouring the city, eager to reveal their individualized sound to the public. Daring to ditch your friends for non-mainstream, yet equally innovative artists fosters an appreciation for music that goes beyond listening to melodies and bass lines from the safety of your headphones.

Music is meant to be interpreted and experienced by the individual. The melodious stylings of your favorite song, that one guitar riff that just speaks to you, and the heartfelt lyrics that transcend your ability to say what’s on your mind are tailored to individual perspective. When several people come together for the sake of sharing a common appreciation, it doesn’t matter who you’re with — it's what you are able to draw from the experience.

For updates on artists coming to Boston this fall, check out Bandsintown, a useful forum for tour announcements, live concert news, interviews with artists and bands, reviews, and getting tickets.

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Nicole Rodger