THE IMPORTANCE OF A VENUE
It wasn’t until recently that I began to realize how important the venue is for me when considering what concerts I’m going to spend my money on. When I first started going to shows in my early teens, it was a simple choice: a band I like is playing nearby and if I can afford it, I’ll go. Now that I live in Seattle and shows are happening everyday and I’ve been able to see some of my favorite acts, I’ve become a bit more selective.
When I hear of acts such as James Taylor or any other singer-songwriter type playing in a sports arena, I question if it’s really worth it. Does their sound really match the venue?
I stumbled across this TED Talk featuring David Byrne offering a different view. Maybe it’s not simply that the music doesn’t match the venue, but perhaps the music was written for a specific venue. With this in mind, it might be for to take a look at some of your favorite songs and imagine what space they might have had in mind for it being played. Dingy night club? Opera hall? Living room?