By Corey Landis

I’ve attended quite a few concerts in my day and I’ve seen a wide variety of concertgoers. Most of these people are searching for something — a crackerjack good time. They go about it in many different ways, trying to find “it.” It seems that the search is for a moment of zen; a moment in which all that matters is the music, the vibes, the emotions, the unity. We all seek to feel connected, yet, in this age of super-connectivity we have only become more detached from the present and our peers. We share our thoughts and opinions with anyone who will listen in an attempt to prove what we believe is true.

With all this music and technology there is a constant need to share; a need to share new music, new technology, new ideas, positive vibes. All this exchange is an incredible resource if it’s used correctly. Sharing joy and experiences with others is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Yet, with this need to share comes a need to prove that you are. That you exist. That you were there, in that moment. By trying to prove your existence to others you have detached yourself from the now. Detached yourself from the experience. By attempting to share the experience with those who aren’t there, you lose the moment.

As I flow with the music, looking around at my fellow concertgoers, I often wonder if some of these people have any idea why they are there. Are they aware that they could be a part of something that can bring moments of bliss, moments outside the bullshit that inhabits their lives? It can provide an escape from the self by allowing the music to take over and bring you into now. I’m not here to judge the concert experiences of others; I’m merely here to suggest a way to improve the overall experience. Let the music take you. Feel it. Move with it. Dance like a weirdo. Be in the moment.