I'm a rock journalist, web editor, documentary filmmaker, accordion player, and overall social media nerd... And have I mentioned how much I love Kansas?
On Sunday night, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino told the audience about something that happened the last time she played in Lawrence, Kansas. About three years ago, the band was playing at Liberty Hall as part of Garage Fest. They brought a young fan up onstage and let her play the tambourine during one of their songs. It was so heartwarming the audience nearly melted. I think it’s incredible that Cosentino remembered something that happened three years ago in a town she had only played in once before.
I remembered that show too. Why? Because I videotaped her singing to that little girl and immediately put it on YouTube. Bethany found it that week and tweeted it and put it up on her blog. I didn’t know this until months later.
I’ve always felt the need to document live music. Moments like these are so precious to me, and I’m afraid I’ll forget about them if I don’t document them with photos and videos. I’d like to think that maybe, because my video was out there, that’s why Cosentino (along with countless fans all over the world) was able to remember that moment. If my photos and videos can help people remember these precious moments, that’s more than I could ever ask for.