The New York Philharmonic has started up a new Free Fridays program, where people 25 years old and younger have the chance to get one of 100 free tickets to select Friday concerts throughout the season. I’ve been lucky enough to have gotten a ticket for the past two concerts (and I will continue to push my luck for the rest of the season).
I am so happy that this program exists. These performances have made me realize that, although it makes me so happy to listen to music, I don’t often get the chance to actively listen to music. It’s something on in the background, a soundtrack to a movie, or absent completely. Just sitting around and listening to music isn’t something that I do anymore.
You can say that maybe I’ve changed as a person, and my preferences on how to spend my free time have changed, but it’s more likely that in the craziness of “growing up” I’ve just forgotten about music. And that’s not a great thought.
Plus, live music is so much better than the best recording you could find of anything. The sound quality is obviously better, but you can feel a difference when you’re in the same room as the instruments producing the sound. The air is completely filled with music, and that’s something that cannot be reproduced. Sure, certain recordings can have nostalgia attached (there is a particular live version of a Panic! At The Disco song that is the song I go to for a pick-me-up), but live music is something else entirely.
Anyway, I just really wanted to brag about my incredible luck at being able to see the Silk Road Ensemble perform live. And since I happened to get a ticket that was orchestra level, I was in a fantastic spot.
Here is a playlist from the Silk Road Ensemble’s YouTube. The videos really don’t do justice to their musical talent, but you can get an idea of it.