I'm offended because listening isn't just enough for me when I go to a live performance. Fingers of Allan Holdsworth really worth to see for good!
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I really don't think I understand exactly what it is that you are trying to say. People tell you that they are going to a concert to see music? I have never said that to anyone. I will say that I am going to a concert to see a band or an artist, because that is exactly what I am doing, exactly. The group,or artist will be physically there in front of me no? Therefore I will see them with my eyes, will I not? Of course there will also be music that I will hear. To me the allure of a live show is the combination of the aural and the visual. It is a completely different experience than any movie and not a valid comparison in my opinion.
Why would you think that there is something deeper going on, it's the way people bend the English language and still manfge to understand each other. How many times have you heard a conversation like this:
I said I didn't like the concert and then she "goes" that maybe I should have stayed home.
Many people, especially young people, substitute the word go for the word said. Unless you are an English professor, you go with the flow!
Let's not forget that a concert is both visual and aural. When I attend a concert, I am watching the performance as well as listening to the music. Even, if it's a basic no frills concert, you still watch the performers facial expressions and movements. Of course, that only occurs when you have good seats.
Humans are primarily visual.
Most people really do go to *see* a concert.
To some degree it is just a linguistic convention, but one must ask why it became one?
Jim in Logan Square:
I'm in complete agreement with you. Too bad more people don't go to listen. It would make the concert experience far more pleasant.