BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS: Music provides a common bond
First Posted: 3/5/2013
When I decided to write this column a couple of months ago, I thought it would be an easy task. I started going to shows about 10 years ago and have been involved ever since. I’ve engaged in my fair share of public speaking at shows since that time, so I figured I would just take something that I thought would sound good as thought-provoking stage banter and transcribe it into these articles. So far, I’ve had a lot of fun with this column, but sometimes it proves to be a challenge.
For the last ten years of my life, I’ve attended shows as often as I could. Through playing music, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world far and wide. But there is nothing as special as coming home and going to see bands play in the place where I first fell in love with it. It is great to see friends that I met going to shows when I was just a young teenager, and it is inspiring to see people that were involved well before my time still coming around.
In the last couple of years, however, we’ve had some very rough patches within the local music scene. From the untimely passing of friends to the loss of venues, we’ve had to deal with a lot. Though through all the turmoil, there has always been the same core group of people leading the charge. It’s hard to put into words how much this means to those people and myself, but that is something that I find very important to at least try to do. I don’t think that music is special because I have seen a lot of different places; I think music is special because it affects lives in a realistic way.
Music is such an important facet to life. It is a form of communication, it is an amazing art, and most of all, it is something that moves people of every walk of life. If traveling has shown me anything, it’s that the connections that people can make through music are able to break any boundary.
I am currently writing this article in Auckland, New Zealand. I traveled here last week with Title Fight to kick off a string of foreign shows. Even with the advancement of technology today, it is still hard to grasp exactly what is going all the way across the world in Wilkes-Barre. Although we are able to be connected to friends and family 24 hours a day, we are really disconnected from things at home.
It took us 30 hours to travel from Wilkes-Barre to New Zealand, and as soon as we landed in the airport, we had made a new friend. We had never met the person who had brought us over, and within seconds of meeting him, we had discussed our common interests in music and created an instant friendship. With the way we were acting, this person could very well have been an old friend from home booking a show, but it just so happens that he lives 9,000 miles away.
This common bond is such a critical thing. It’s great to see it across the world, but there is no place better to witness it than at home. I’ve been seeing so many new faces over the past couple years coming to shows, and it would be great to continue to see that grow. I can’t stress enough how we are struggling during a time with no venue, and because of that, it is a time with less shows, but the fact that we are making it through this period will only make us stronger when the next era begins.