I had never heard Amy Courts or Derek Webb before, but anyone who listened to Christian music in the ’90s has heard of Jennifer Knapp. I can say that back in the day, JKnapp wasn’t a favorite of mine. I liked some of her singles, but I never went out of my way to buy her CD. I’m not quite sure what I was thinking back then.
I loved the real-ness of JKnapp. I loved her humility on stage and her ‘this-is-me-take-it-or-leave-it’ attitude. She didn’t apologize for her absence from the music scene (in fact, she forgot how to play most of her old songs!). She told funny stories between songs. She drank some scotch on stage. I almost felt like I was watching a musician, re-birthed and rediscovering her love of her art, jamming with some friends. I loved that she has come back determined to make connections to other people while on the road. I love that she was honest with us. I love the emotion and heart that she put into her lyrics.
All this got me thinking last night about live shows. Usually, when I see an artist or group live, I appreciate them more than I did before. For example, I absolutely love Jars of Clay but have seen them so many times in concert, listening to their music at home is just not the same (I’m so spoiled). I saw The Fray last summer at an outdoor venue and fell more in love with their music. U2‘s 360 degree tour was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. It’s as if I feel closer to the artist and find them easier to relate to after I’ve seen them in concert. Like have a special bond with them. Like they played only for me…or something.
Am I the only one this happens to? Do you come away with a ‘concert high’ after seeing a live show? What was the best concert you’ve ever been to?