In this week's "98 Seconds" video, Naomi Lynn brings attention to some things she noticed at a few of the concerts she's been to this summer.

There's just something so great about being outside and listening to live music. Feeling the cool wind as the bass pounds through you. Whether is a country artist, some unique "funkadelic" group, or some hard rock, being out at a show is always a great experience.

That being said, there are a few things that can make concerts better. A few "rules" as I'm going to call them, that if everyone considered, we would all be a little more happy. At least, the majority of people would be happier.

All four rules are in the video (at the top of this page), but we're just going to highlight a few of them here. Let's start with taking pictures and videos on your phone. First of all, there's nothing wrong with taking a bunch of pictures or filming part of a song, or doing both. It's a great way to remember the experience, and living in this social media world, a lot of people love to post this stuff on Facebook and Instagram. BUT... There needs to be a balance. Sure, if you want to hold your phone up for the entire show, that's your deal, but what about the people behind you? They don't want to stare at your phone screen for two hours. Hold it up, take some pictures and get back to enjoying the show. Is it really that bad to live in the moment instead of worrying about posting all your adventures on social media? Just sayin.'

Another "rule" I want to look at not being vicious to get to the front of the stage. Yes, a LOT of people want to be in the front row during a general admission show. And there's nothing wrong with that. And yes, if you want to be in the front you have to push your way through and fight through the crowd. That being said, there is a right way and a wrong way to doing this. The wrong way? Elbowing someone in the freakin' neck or jaw trying to get them to move. I've seen this happen firsthand, and I couldn't believe I fight didn't break out! The right way? You squeeze into any holes left in the crowd. Even if it is a tiny space, if you can move in with your shoulder (without trying to take anyone out), then do it. Otherwise, you should have gotten in earlier and picked a better spot. Again, just sayin.'

But if we just keep these "rules" mentioned in the video, in mind, don't you think the concert-going experience would get better? Maybe I'm wrong and just like to complain, but I know I'm not the only one who's had to watch a show between someone's arms because they were busy filming the ENTIRE show on their phone. And I know I'm not the only one who's had deal with someone complaining and booing an act just because they're unhappy with the artist's song choice. Come on.

Alright, I think I've done enough ranting and raving today. Thanks for the five minutes of your time.

 

 


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