It’s way past time I chimed in on a topic that is becoming more prevalent — and somewhat controversial — in today’s digital age: filming songs at a live concert.
And this is something in which I feel like my opinion actually holds some serious weight, given how many concerts I attend.
The reason I bring this up now is because it became sort of a big deal recently when Adele publicly scolded a fan from the stage for filming her during one of her concerts.
Now, on the surface, this sounds pretty low of Adele. She’s a major celebrity; why is she taking it to this one fan who is just trying to enjoy herself and take some footage so she can have a piece of the show to take home with her?
But then you listen to Adele scold the fan in her sarcastic yet playful English accent, telling her “this isn’t a DVD, it’s a real show… I’m not doubting you’re a fan, I’m sure you are, but I’m here for real,” and hearing her say that makes you want to side with Adele.
And she does have a point. With cell phones evolving so rapidly the last decade that they now include high-definition cameras and camcorders, it’s understandably tempting to whip it out and film anything that interests you.
(Also — note the irony of somebody filming Adele while she’s telling off another person for filming her.)
By doing so, however, it does feel like too many of us have forgotten how to live in the moment. Remember when you enjoyed things before the cell phone era, and just let it resonate and soak in? Yes, the moment would then pass undocumented, but you experienced every second of it to the fullest.
And now, by going through your phone and trying to take a movie during such times, you’re detaching yourself from the moment.
But at the same time, does that also mean we shouldn’t film anything ever? It’s nice to have living memories stored in your cell phone.
So what’s the balance? I’ll tell you.
Whenever I see a show, I like to film a one-minute clip of one song. Not the whole song, just one single minute. Because I like going back later and watching it. Sometimes I even post it on social media to show people how excellent this band or singer sounds live, in order to convert them.
I have no desire to use it for commercial use, which is obviously one of the artist’s fears when they see people filming them.
Filming an entire song is excessive. Filming multiple songs is just nonsensical. But I see nothing wrong with allowing yourself sixty seconds to record a permanent memory.
Then when you’re finished, put the phone away and enjoy the show.
Also, how much must it have sucked to actually be that fan that Adele yelled at in front of tens of thousands of people? I probably would have started crying.
And then if she broke into a rendition of “Someone Like You” immediately after … forget it. I would have been a wreck.
Bearing that in mind, I’m making a note to myself right now.
If I ever go see Adele live, leave my cell phone at home.