Stop, Look And Listen To The Music

Chatswood Mall Market is a hectic place. There’s a good variety of market stalls to please all sorts of shoppers including food from around the world. It also features a live musical entertainment in a wide range of genre every week. “Citizen of The World” was the band playing on Friday evening a fortnight ago. In fact, it was the second time I saw them there. Even though I was much drawn by their tunes the very first time, I didn’t end up staying to watch their performance. It was all because I was in a mad rush to do my grocery shopping. Only until the second time did I literally drop everything, stop, look and listen to the music. I found myself gravitating towards the energy and the emotions flowing through the band members. It felt as if the lead singer was singing for me especially when he was interpreting a very powerful ballad or a sad song as he called it. I could tell he must’ve sung it from his heart…

Captivated by their musical style, I decided to own it on the spot. Counted to 3, I quickly moved towards to the stage, put a ten dollar note inside an open guitar case that already had some loose coins and other notes in it, then grabbed a copy of their EPs “Memories In My Head” right out of a box. For some reason, I was a bit nervous to show my support in such a direct way but my persistence prevailed…

Later that night I went to connect to the band’s page on Facebook and wrote them a text message to say how much I loved their gig. To my surprise, a couple of hours later the band members responded with thanks and some really kind words. One said it makes his day. The truth is they made my day as much as I made theirs.

I guess any one of us can be just another face in the crowd, but the thing is we all the power to make a difference to someone’s day even in a smallest fashion. I’d love to see the band make a name for themselves one day and continue to touch people through their songs… Next time, if you happen to see an artist or a band playing a gig you like, why not stop, look and listen to the music. It’ll mean something to them…

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