Playing live music is fun. Some people say that studio sessions are fun too, but I think they’re just saying that because they like buying equipment with knobs on it. In either case, though, having someone to listen to that music makes playing it that much better. Those listening people are called fans. We need them. We love them. More to the point, we are them.
I can’t imagine not being a music fan. Occasionally I hear people say things like “Oh, I don’t really listen to music much,” and I wonder how they manage to get through life. Maybe those people don’t ever do anything enjoyable. Maybe they don’t eat bacon or do sexual relations much either. Yikes.
If you are here, though, you most likely know very well what it is to be a fan. Maybe you know what it’s like to be a true fan, or even a super fan. If you don’t know the difference between a true fan and a super fan, well, it’s a judgement call. If you just pretended to be sick to get out of work so you can catch a show, you might be a true fan. If you haven’t eaten or showered in a while because you are spending your hotel and food money on gas so you can catch just one more show a few hundred miles away, you might just be a super fan.
Regardless of what level a fan is, though, they can all appreciate hearing your live shows. Just because they’ve heard the Austin show doesn’t mean the Atlanta show from the same tour isn’t worth listening to as well. Even with the same band members playing the exact same setlist, every show is different and each one gives a new look into the character of the band. Think of a show like a photograph. Even if you pose pretty much the same every time, they’ll be a little bit different.
Do people stop eating pizza when they’ve had it once? No. Do they take one photo of a beautiful model and leave it at that? Nope. Do they say “No thanks,” to sexual relations once they’ve tried it? I sure as hell hope not. If they do, you should maybe work on your technique a bit. Or take a shower. Probably both. Point is, some things have value every time you experience them. They keep on being good.
Every show recorded has an intrinsic value because there are a finite number of them. Music is played by human beings, and human beings get old. They get married. They move away. Bands are forever changing members, breaking up, going in new directions. People are in different moods, different cities, playing with different gear on different stages with new songs. Every single time you get up on stage and play music, in a certain sense, is as rare as a rocket shot to the moon. A fan knows this.
That’s why they’d want a recording of your shows, because they know how rare and special you and your music are. It behooves us to give our fans as many opportunities to experience our music as we can. After all, we need them. They are us!