As a matter of education and because I have found nothing quite as enjoyable yet in my life, I regularly attend live concerts. I try to keep an open mind and see as many different styles and performers as I can. There is one band, Loose Tooth, that I follow religiously. In fact, I have been attending live performances of theirs almost since they began playing together as a band. Maybe I am just a die hard groupie, but I like to think that my presence at their shows makes their performance better.
This very idea reminds me plainly of a conversation I had with the drummer, Fathom, after one night’s show. “Fathom,” I asked him, “What do you think motivates you to get in front of a crowd several nights a month and spend several hours banging on your drum kit, keeping time for the band?”
“Jerr,” Fathom replied back, after taking a long inhale on his hand-rolled cigarette, “It is all about energy. I remember learning in physics in high school that matter is never created or destroyed. When I think back to that theory, I wonder how energy fits into that equation. As a band, we are definitely expending a lot of energy directly into our music, and I like to think that people who attend our live shows can feel that energy and capture it. Then they can move this energy to other parts of the world and effect positive change.”
To be continued…