"A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence."
People often ask me if I get tired of going to my husband's shows every weekend. They say that it seems like it would get boring. My response is always the same: "No, of course not. No two shows are the same." I have the pleasure of being around truly passionate musicians who love what they do, so much that they've dedicated their entire lives to making people happy through entertainment. I don't believe most people understand the commitment and sacrifice that these musicians make in order to share their love for this art. It is hard work. Much time and thought is invested into playing the perfect guitar riff or writing lyrics that will touch the listener's soul. Those examples are meant to be simple; composing is very extensive and complicated. You may be thinking, "yea, right," or maybe you've thought that music was more a hobby than a career; maybe you still think that... (To each his own :) ) However, consider a world without music, one of silence. It is almost impossible to imagine. Musicians paint our world with beautiful sounds that evoke emotions within us and provoke us to take action. Their music moves us forward, reminds us of our past and gives us hope for the future.
I've had the privilege of witnessing this brilliance; therefore, what kind of photographer/person would I be if I didn't share it with the world (or at least my friends on Facebook). The camera can merely give one a glimpse of the passion and dedication invested or of the fulfillment that these artists must feel when a fan sings along to a song that he/she wrote or waits around for an hour after the show just for the opportunity to meet them. I'm content with capturing glimpses of time because I know that they then become permanently saved; those glimpses are frozen forever for each to savor, consider, and discuss.
Be well, capture a special moment, then put the camera away and breathe it all in. You'll have time to reflect later. Oh, and go enjoy some live music. There's nothing else like it. :)