So being awesome means taking time out from work to do things you enjoy. Watching a good band certainly fits into that category. I had a pretty awesome week last week having got to see Ed Sheeran live with my wife and some friends, followed by AC/DC 3 days later! While being polar opposites in terms of the genre, they were both awesome concerts. I try to get to at least one big name concert a year, and take the family including my kids to one of the big theatre shows each year.
Science tells us that music is good for us. The Center of Performance Science at The Royal College of Music did a study this year that involved hooking members of the Eric Whiteacre Singers up to EEG devices to test how their bodies reacted during performances.
The audience participated too by completing questionnaires and providing saliva samples. The study found that audience members had lowered levels of the stress hormones cortisol and cortisone. Their mood states were more positive after the concerts (less tense and anxious).
The test results of the band members showed that during rehearsals, they were relaxed and stress levels decreased, however the stress levels were slightly increased during the concert which is not an unusual finding given the pressure to perform in front of an audience. The study has really confirmed what we already know – music and singing are good for us so what are you waiting for – book that next concert now!