Today’s Prompt: Think about an event you’ve attended and loved. Your hometown’s annual fair. That life-changing music festival. A conference that shifted your worldview. Imagine you’re told it will be cancelled forever or taken over by an evil corporate force. How does that make you feel?
The event was a bonus to the hard rock music lovers of that era in Singapore. The strict government had relented a little to see what kind of an effect it would have on the music, art and social scene. Many wanted to be there; many rushed to get tickets. I couldn’t afford to attend such an expensive ‘rock’ event. Heck, I didn’t even know if I would like that kind of music.
I received an envelope in the mail which I assumed to be another voucher to collect free make-up or shampoo or perfume … yes, I was a keen participant in women’s magazine contests. But this one was different, the paper was a more expensive type with gloss print and it just looked and smelt different. Upon opening, I found out I had won two tickets to the David Bowie concert!
I called a close friend and asked if David Bowie songs were nice and she firmly said, “Of course, of course, go down to the record store, check it out… er, why do you ask?” “Well, I won two tickets to his concert next month and I’m wondering if I should go.”
Silence … long silence … (On hindsight, I think she might have had a mild heart attack of sort.) “Would you like to go with me to the show?” Then came a whisper “Yessss, yessss!”
The other concert attendees were way, way more trendily dressed with cloth pieces I would never dare imagine being covered by. That, in itself, was eye-opening to me, the ‘square’ one. When the music started, the screaming, clapping just went wild, then the lights flashed and David Bowie jumped out with “Let’s Dance”. The acoustics, the rhythm, the beat, the screaming crowd ~ they just got into my blood and soul, and soon I was actually enjoying myself so much I even joined in the screams. Oh yes, that night I was introduced to and got sucked into the hard rock noise of the music world.
If I had never won those 2 tickets, I guess I would still be the nerdy goody two-shoes, not knowing and appreciating real rock music. Would I have joined the long lines and paid for those 2 expensive tickets? No way.