Buddhism, Music

Staying Present

Words cannot encapsulate my level of excitement. One of my favorite artists Moses Sumney is going to perform at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Wednesday, October 11th. His angelic voice and soulful guitar playing resonate with my soul as he meditates on themes like loneliness and existence. I know the day of the event I am not going to record a thing. The reason for this is simple: I want to be present.

Buddhism emphasizes the importance of being in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Life is available only in the present.” It is easy to get caught up in past hurts and future anxieties. This obsession with the past and the future causes life to pass us by. I do not want life and especially this concert to pass me by. I want to savor every delicious guitar chord, every sustained note in the higher register, etc. I cannot stay in the present moment if I am on my phone.

It is very common for concert goers to record parts of concerts, and there is nothing wrong with that. The one benefit of recording is that you can look back on those memories. I know for a fact that I will not look back on any recordings I make. I went to a Deftones concert last year in Mohegan Sun. I recorded a lot of video footage of their set. I have not looked at any of my videos once. I could have used all that time I spent recording on savoring the heavy guitar riffs and Chino Moreno’s dynamic vocals.

The phone is going to stay in my pocket during the concert. It is not often that I get to see my favorite artists live, and the last thing I want to do is miss the experience. I don’t need a video clip to remember being in the Music Hall of Williamsburg. I am sure my brain will do the job just fine.


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