I recently had the opportunity to hear MercyMe perform live--outside. Some of you may recall that this song has been very meaningful to me, and I know it has been for others of you as well. It was a great experience to hear this song in such a setting, and interestingly, a few minutes later, there was a light shower of (what else?) rain--after a full day of sunshine. Listening to this song on CD/radio is powerful, but it was even more significant hearing it live and in person. (And, even better, this experience was free--the concert was outside, and we could hear it from our yard!)
In my single days, I attended quite a few concerts. I saw quite a few contemporary Christian artists when in junior high and high school--some I most remember are Newsboys, DC Talk (live at Red Rocks, oh, yeah!), Jars of Clay, Amy Grant and Twila Paris. In college I saw one of my then-favorite bands, Counting Crows, perform live in both Minneapolis and Paris. And of course I've enjoyed many cool concerts in being part of *our* campus.
We all have areas where we tend to splurge, and it's so interesting to see how my spending habits have changed (evolved?!) since being married. I hardly ever pay to go to concerts anymore. Eric thinks that, for the most part, concerts are not a good investment, and I guess have been somewhat influenced by that. He is more likely to spend his fun money on his hobbies of fishing and hunting. (My fun money usually goes towards craft supplies or a massage.)
So, what about you? Are you a concert person, or do you prefer to put your entertainment money towards something else?