Nocturnal Issue II - Page 18

LIVE MUSIC LIVES ON — MAYA WALLIS LIVE MUSIC CONNECTS PEOPLE – IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT AGE, HEIGHT, CRAZY DANCING LADY YOU MIGHT BE The age of vinyl and cd’s are slowly coming to an end as iTunes and downloading music is on its way to victory. But live music still holds its head high, it still kicks ass, and it still remains the true victor. Yeah, a band can record a couple of songs and write a few hit singles but without the ability to perform live they are nothing. I recently saw Richard Ashcroft perform at Latitude 2013 festival. There alone on a stage with nothing but an acoustic guitar, a microphone, and a single spotlight he managed to command an audience into a state of awe. His performance of songs like ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ and ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ was enough to make the crying toddler behind me fall silent and watch in wonder with the amount of emotion he put into every word of every song. But what really got to me, what really made me re-think the importance of live music was the mistakes he made. Richard Ashcroft, lead singer of The Verve, made mistakes. But after he made these mistakes he apologised and said something along the lines of ‘Well that is what makes live music so powerful, it is human beings performing on a stage, and the mistakes we make take us down from that pedestal and make music seem real’. Now I am not sure if that was a drunken ramble or something that actually came from the heart but it got me thinking why live music will never die. Live music adds the human feel too music, it makes it relatable, makes music raw and imperfect and it makes it seem real. And that is the way all music should be.