The concert that I attended was the live concert experience to be extremely eye opening and enjoyable, and I have come to realize live music is far superior to recorded music. What I found that live concerts offered, as opposed to recorded music, wasn’t necessarily better sound quality, but the setting and mood established by the location, and just as importantly, the people who attended as well.
When I first arrived I was immediately warmed by the inviting and embracing atmosphere of the small church where the concert took place. It was a smaller venue that only housed 15 or so rows of church benches, as well as beautiful stained glass windows with long streamers of well crafted paper cranes hanging from the ceiling. Initially one wouldn’t think how much the setting of a concert affects the appreciation of the music I was able to relax and fully immerse myself in the music, and I believe this was only made possible by the tranquil setting of the small church. This feeling was at its peak during my favorite piece performed that day, “Auf dem wasser zu singen,” sung by who had a voice so beautiful I didn’t even know it was humanly possible to have without studio and/or recording equipment. As the concert continued, I found myself feeling more and more at home, and this feeling again was due to the combination of the awe-inspiring music and the homely church environment.
I was also surprised by the way and extent the audience had on my enjoyment of the music. Being at a small church venue, the crowd consisted of more elderly and middle-aged couples, some of which had also brought their young children to enjoy the music. I found that the feeling of “home’ that the church inspired in me was amplified by the families around me, who would close their eyes and quietly smile to themselves while enjoying the soothing music. I felt as though we were all part of a community sharing an appreciation and experience of something beyond us, and with no...
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