Twice before I’ve quoted one of my Eastman students. Here’s yet another one, who prefers to be anonymous. She’s writing here about why even she — not normally a big pop music fan — was drawn in by a pop event:
I am not the type of girl to go to a Warped Tour concert willingly, (my high school girlfriends basically had to drag me there) but it really was mildly entertaining. Here is the big reason why someone like me (sort of nerd) wanted to go out a buy a Good Charlotte CD after I attended an afternoon at the Warped Tour: stuff happened! There was a skateboard half pike competition as well as a BMX trick bike competition. There were also vendors lining the street selling promotional t-shirts, CDs, hats, water guns, and condoms, really anything that would entice the consumer.
When the bands were up on stage, I remember how I felt and what the music sounded like based on how the performing ensembles interacted with the people in the audience.They sprayed us with hoses, jumped into the audience, asked an audience member to go get them a beer in the middle of the song, burped, screamed, and even TALKED!
There was no heavy, red velvet curtain creating this unspoken wall between the stage and the audience. Also, we (yes, even me) thought that these guys up on stage were cool and wanted to be like them, and liked by them. It really did seem as though these alternative/punk bands were writing for the audience. They were writing for the tour, because that is how they make a lot of their money: it seems as though if the music is not enticing live, these bands have no future.
In Mozart’s letter to his father about the Paris Symphony, he explains how the “audience was quite carried away” and how they verbally and physically reacted to his work of music. (I am sure that if these people had a chance, they would have bought a “Mozart Rules!” T-shirt and a CD of this work recorded by the ensemble that they just heard play).