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No Concert Depression

Is anyone else really struggling not having a concert as an outlet to free your mind, boost your mood and energy? We are suffering through an unprecedented time which has reduced our social gatherings. It’s really put a damper on my motivation for listening and engaging in music related activities. I have little motivation to stay in tune with new music being released. I have little motivation to really dive into a new song or album; I loved getting deep in to the music then soon after seeing it live (or hopefully at least).

I’m also really missing my sense of community that was had at concerts. I recently visited my hometown to see friends & family and landing brought over a range of emotions because you don’t realize how much you take advantage of something until it’s gone (in that moment flying & being able to see friends and family unrestricted). Same goes for concerts.

When I moved to Colorado a few years ago, I severely took a dip in my concert going. I was more picky about what concerts I attended or spent money on. I only saw people I really truly wanted to see live. I didn’t fully take advantage of how much live shows boost my energy and mood. You never realize how much something means to you until it’s stripped away.

You never realize how much something means to you until it’s stripped away.

I am so hopeful for a future of crazy concerts again – although I’m not sure exactly what that’s going to look like. Until then, here’s to trying to enjoy a virtual show or hopefully attend some sort of “drive in concert.”

Tips for Creating a Banger Spotify Playlist

I’m just here to tell you, Spotify > Apple Music. OKAY, OKAY. This is not a post hating on Apple Music – however you get your music fill is up to you. But to those Spotify users out there, I’m here to give you some tips to create a playlist you’ll always run back to, even years later.

For me, when it comes to music, I love to discover artists that I’ve never heard of. That make me feel good. That are not mainstream. Who deserve the recognition for their pure talent. & thank goodness for Spotify, because they have so many avenues to discover new music you may not have heard otherwise.

Discover new music you may not have heard otherwise

When I am interested in creating a new playlist [once I’ve tired out my old one(s)], I always turn to my “Discover Weekly” & “Release Radar” playlists that Spotify automatically curates based on the music I am already listening to. I also like to listen to the “New Music Friday” playlist to see if there’s anything on there that catches my attention.

Another one I like to look at is the “Pop Rising” playlist, for songs that are on the verge of blowing up. There’s always something about being “in-the-know” before other people, don’t you think? You can say, “Oh I heard and listened to them before they blew up,” as if you were the only and first person to hear their music before everyone else did.

There’s always something about being “in-the-know” before other people, don’t you think?

This is how I started listening to the likes of Lewis Capaldi, King Princess, Jeremy Zucker. It’s wonderful when one song can direct you to so many other greats by the same artist. Opening up a whole new world of music.

Follow along for Post Concert Depression’s latest playlists here: Jessica’s Spotify

Drive-In Concerts

An idea, inspired by an event Keith Urban put on for healthcare workers just outside of Nashville recently. Now this is a concept I can get behind.

Just imagine it, we can all enjoy the experience of a live concert, safely inside our vehicles. The stage could be set up just like it would be at a festival, at a drive-in theater location, or even in a random field outside of the city. Put up two screens on either side of the stage, so those who are not close can still see the artist, while the speakers still protrude the voice of the artist, live in the flesh.

It’s not through a screen. It’s not prerecorded. We still get the lights, the instruments, the background vocals, that we would for a live show. Artists could go on tour, safely. They could still make an income. We could get that concert fill.

So…anyone want to start a new concert venue with me? Leave every work day/shift with post concert depression?!