Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Concerts: yea or nay?

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?

18 comments:

Angela - Life w/ One Busy Boy said...

"I can only imagine" is the only song I had sung at my mom's funeral. I love Mercy Me! Anywho, now a days concerts are so expensive we choose NOT to go. Also, some of the crowds there are less desirable for me. Don't I sound old! Ha!

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

I am not a concert person. The crowds tend to make me feel overwhelmed. However, hearing a powerful song live is very moving!

mom said...

I remember going with you to the Twila Paris concert and how excited you were about it! :) (Were you in junior high then?) We don't often go to concerts (other than at church), but we've attended live concerts of the Oak Ridge Boys four times in 30 years (once when we won free tickets when they appeared at the Colorado State Fair). Love you, Mom

thehomespunheart said...

I'm not a concert person - it is too crowded, too loud, just not my thing. Though, I did enjoy it in JH and HS.

Liisa said...

We have been to many concerts and when our son was old enough we took him along too and he loves them. We live close to several large cities so there is always something going on somewhere. However now the cost of concerts is getting quite expensive, so we do not go to nearly as many as we used to. It has to be something really special that we REALLY want to go to for us to spend the money especially with three of us going.

Blessings,
Liisa

Tracy said...

We've been able to take advantage of a few concerts at local churches making the ticket prices feasible. My husband used to go to rock concerts continuously in his teen years prior to meeting me and becoming a Christian. They were $8-$12 at that time. Can you imagine laying out several hundred dollars for one ticket now?

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I can't justify the cost anymore, but I do love them on occasion. I've only been to one or two since having children, but back in our pre-children days, we had some awesome concert experiences at the Dallas Starplex...an outdoor venue. The most memorable? James Taylor, Chicago, and Harry Connick, Jr. Ah, sweet memories!

Katie said...

I'm not a concert person in the traditional sense ~ but I do enjoy going to my brother's concerts and such (he's a band director and trumpet performer). I also enjoy hearing gospel/bluegrass music live at festivals or such, but I've rarely had the opportunity to do that.

Huskerbabe said...

I enjoy a good concert, but we live in a rural area so it's a big deal to go to one. I would rather buy the cd and listen to it forever. :>)

Rebecca said...

The frugal side of me will insist that it's a waste of money - and money could be spent elsewhere. But last year a friend treated me to going to see Josh Groban - and Oh My, it was an experience that was worth every penny. It's after those kind of experiences that I wonder if I should let up a little on my penny pinching and enjoy those dynamics of life.

Mary Ann said...

We go to probably one or two a year. Most are at local churches, which someone else noted makes these concerts a little more affordable. We don't go to the expensive concerts, although I would *love* to see the Blue Man Group in concert someday. Maybe for a special occasion!

In the past, we've been able to work some Christian concerts in the area thus getting free passes into the concert.

We always enjoy them, even though I wouldn't want to go a lot.

Sara said...

Someone's got to speak up for the beauty of a good concert. Sure it's a non-essential in terms of budget and I realize I don't have kids or anything, but sometimes a really good show leaves me inspired for months. The beauty of seeing a really great band caught up in that moment of spontaneous interaction... pouring and putting their heart out there... *sigh* Some ticket prices are indeed outrageous, but I think any sort of art performance-- music, theatre, dance, galleries-- could be viewed as too expensive or non-essential in terms of a budget. On the other hand, how can you put a price on an experience like that? I could never live life without being able to enjoy things like that, whatever the price.

Ewokgirl said...

Considering that I'm insanely into music and do a lot of singing and listening, most people assume that I like concerts. I don't. I despise crowds and too much noise. There are only a very select few artists whose music I love enough to hear live, but I find the cost prohibitive. Not that we can't afford it, but I'd rather see a musical or something for that kind of money.

Melody said...

I have been to a few concerts. I couldn't really tell you the names of the bands, they were THAT memorable. One I do remember is Casting Crowns. I have been to see them twice and I love it each time I go. Their concerts are amazing and they are not as expensive as some concerts. It seems ridiculous to pay over $40 for a concert, at least in my opinion.

Amy said...

It is a big deal now if we go to a concert, but we saw a ton of stuff before kids. This past summer we went to Nickel Creek (their farewell tour) and that is the last concert I have been to.

If I had a choice between seeing a Broadway show and a concert, I think I would pick the Broadway. It would be a tough choice though- I love music!

A, B & C said...

I went to a lot of concerts when I was younger, but I hardly go now. When I go, they're usually free, but that's the advantage of living in Paris or Rome. Free concerts at every church, almost every week!

Jeremy and Christa Nichols said...

I had not been to a concert since my NWC days, but this spring I bought Jeremy Third Day tickets for Valentine's Day. He loved it!While I don't think it will become a regular thing with us, it was a fun memory - we met some friends and ate at Hu Hot for the first time too! We tend to splurge on "just us" overnights without the kids.

not up to code said...

Concerts are a rare treat for me. My husband likes to take me to concerts for special occations. It is one way he likes to spend his entertainment budget.

Last year we got tickets to "see" Elvis in concert during Death Week 2007. We have also been to see U2 for my college graduation and BB King for another birthday.