But First- Let Me Take A Selfie.... - 05/05/14

Hello all!

How was your weekend? I had a wonderful time Friday night. I've been here in Nashville two years, but Friday was my first time catching a show at the Ryman. It is such an incredible and intimate venue. Lana Del Rey gave an amazing performance- she is one of my favorite singers and her performance exceeded my expectations.

I was seated in the front row of the balcony section, so I had a really good view of the stage and the fans in the front- which brings me to the point of this blog post. When I looked down I saw a sea of cell phones in the air with young fans eager to record their favorite performance moments. Also, so many times throughout the night I'd glance away from the stage to see fans with their backs turned to take a 'selfie' with the performance behind them....

I can't say I didn't snap a photo of the stage between songs- but do you think this age of total documentation we've entered takes away from experiencing the actual moment? Does it annoy you when you're at a concert or event and you observe the 'selfie' culture? Inquiring minds want to know- please share your opinion! @ErinSteerClear

 

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