By Kerrie Flanagan
Music was huge part of my identity and being in band was the main motivating factor that got me to school each day. The best part was after months of practice, everything would finally come together and an incredible synergy would happen with all the band members when we played a certain piece. The music would wash over us and connect us to one another.
It was those moments that I remember well.
I don’t pick up my clarinet much anymore and I sold my piano, but I still seek this feeling through listening to music and going to hear live music. It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then, the music reaches out and resonates with me on such a deep, profound level that I wish the moment would last forever.
Journey when I was 13 and I had one of those moments. The energy in the venue was buzzing and the moment I heard Steve Perry sing, I fell head over heels for his voice and the music.
I felt an immediate connection and became a huge fan/groupie/fanatic. I bought all their albums, listened to their music every day, joined the fan club, anxiously waited for their videos to play on MTV and went to their concerts whenever they were in town. To this day, when I hear Journey, I am transported back to that very first concert.
My recent experience was with Face Vocal Band, an a cappella group from Boulder that performed a concert at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins last December. They have an amazing energy on stage that seems to permeate the audience, creating a genuine connection with everyone in the crowd. Just as I did with Journey (except now it’s CD or downloads) I’ve bought all their music, I listen their music every day, I follow them on Facebook (modern version of a fan club) and I go see them perform whenever I can.
It is our job as writers to put our best work out into the world; to write the stories that resonate within us. Then, hopefully, our words will reach out and grab our readers and stay with them for a long time.