Last night at this time I was standing on the floor of the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ listening to Taylor Swift in the midst of playing her last show in Newark on this leg of her Speak Now Tour and for me it being the culmination of the last of three events of a very relaxing weekend. Now many people know I love Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and seeing them live and in person is something that will always be at the top of my list, but let me say this: This being the second concert of Taylor Swift's that I have seen she comes very very close to Bruce's level of performing. Indeed they are two very contrasting crowds with two very contrasting styles of music but they share two things: PASSION and ENERGY.
Webster's Dictionary defines energy as "A dynamic quality, the capacity of acting or being active, or a usually positive spiritual force." They then define passion as "Ardent affection, sexual desire, an object of desire or deep interest, or a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity object, or concept." We know these two words on many different levels and these definitions or pieces of them are just small bits of their entire meanings to each individual, but I picked out these parts because of their appropriateness to the title of this post.
For both Bruce and Taylor, they draw their energy for their performances from the passion of their audiences. I am by no means saying I have 100% proof of this, because I for sure don't, however what I do want to say is that the reactions of these performers to their audiences is what gives me this premonition. Whether its the 13000 teenage girls at Prudential Center screaming at the top of their lungs as Taylor sings "You belong with me" or its the 48000 or so people at Giants Stadium simultaneously letting out a deep roar of "BRUCCCCCCCEEEEEEEE," its because of these people that these performers put on such a great shows. For example, last night, Taylor just stood at the edge of the stage with a big smile on looking all around just taking it all in, and she even pulled the ear piece out at one point to hear the screams and the passion. That just goes to show how this performer views her life and job not as a job, but as something she LOVES to do and is not doing it because she has too but because she wants too.
How many of us can we want to go to work? We want to crunch numbers all day or want to be in an office all day or want to sit behind a counter serving food all day? I for one can say I have yet to find that passion and energy to want to go to work each day and not just have to go to work because that is what society tells us to do and if we don't we will be poor and not able to get by. Imagine how nice it would be to wake up in the morning and do what you actually wanted to do? I am not saying living life like Bruce, Taylor, Gaga or any of the other performers is a cake walk because it certainly isn't, but what I am trying to say is that they bring their energy and passion each night and into each of their albums because they LOVE what they do. As hard as it may be to do this for us the normal folk, how nice would it be to see work not as a Stress but as something we LOVE to do. I know some people who are in school right now see their studies as being something they want to do, and I envy these people because they have it figured it out to some extent. Now again it sounds much easier to those of us not living or walking in these peoples' shoes, but how nice would it be to wake up each day and do our jobs with just PASSION and ENERGY and not because we have to do them to make ends meet and live a life.
So the next time you go to a concert, whether it be a main stream artist or someone off the beaten path, see if they bring this same ENERGY and PASSION that I saw in Taylor and Bruce to their shows. If they do bring it then they are the real deal and not just doing it for the money!