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Concerts Across Time Essay

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“My Maserati does 185; I lost my license now I don’t drive. I have a limo; ride in the back, I lock the doors incase I’m attacked” (Walsh, Joe). I was six or seven, seated cross-legged on the floor of my father’s bedroom listening to him play his old scuffed up acoustic guitar and sing the lyrics. I was clueless to what a Maserati was or why anyone would attack a limo. Never the less I adored the way it sounded sung over smooth easy flowing guitar riffs. This was when my love of music developed listening to my father play his guitar and sing songs. That song always takes me back to those moments. Rekindling the warm enjoyment I sensed listening to my father play. Music is a powerful tool that acts on the full scale of human emotions. It has the ability to light up a dark day or cloak a persons every thought with sorrow. The Baroque Era was the first period in history where the effects of music were studied and implemented for use as emotion control over spectators. Many trends found in modern music can be traced back to the information learned and gathered during the Baroque period.
The section I chose from the Best of Baroque concert series at Tunxis Community College performed at a cyber café for anyone to enjoy. The show is a polar opposite from the Baroque era where concerts were limited to church services and wealthy patrons. This concert focused on the music vs. the musicians. The driving purpose of this performance is spreading music from the Baroque era to a group of the modern public. Music starts sharply and flows well with little repetition. Melody constructed by the harpsichord and violin on the first song melt together painting my imagination. An image of a humming bird in flight takes shape changing direction seamlessly on a pin point. Parallel with the way the notes and rhythm adjust without hesitation or notice during the song. The second song a soloist performance by the harpsichordist I found less enjoyable. For the entirety of the recital the musician stares at written music bringing coldness to the performers. This brought the clip around 12 minutes by the time the solo was completed. I found the two compositions enjoyable but not something I would play for myself (The Best of Baroque.)
A dark stage opens to a packed arena full of fans awaiting the band. Spotlights cue on center stage the show starts with artist introductions. The opening is spent basking in band nostalgia vs. music presentation this them carries for the duration of the video. The drums hit at 5:49 starting the opening track for the show. I am excited anticipating the leisurely plucked chords of Life’s Been Good soon to stream from Joe Walsh’s guitar. I find myself singing along knowing all the lyrics without a conscious effort. The opener passes verse...

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