Academic journal article et Cetera

A Music Concert as a Metaphor

Academic journal article et Cetera

A Music Concert as a Metaphor

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I attended a concert last week that was a metaphor. It was a concert by the Dark Star Orchestra, who recreate entire concerts performed years ago by the Grateful Dead.

The concert recreates the exact playlists and sounds of those long-ago concerts, we were told by local media promotions. When I checked online, it appears that the show I saw, performed at the State Theatre in Ithaca, used an original combination of Grateful Dead tunes. This was their 2,000th show, something special. But other concerts recreated exact playlists from long-ago concerts.

This approach makes each of their concerts a metaphor - creating a similarity between two different events. I should have appreciated this, being a writer on metaphor. But, to be honest, I did not want to go. I went because my wife wanted to. So my attitude was not the best.

There was a pretty good crowd, and in many ways the audience was a metaphor of the audiences of the Grateful Dead. Tie Dies, Grateful Dead emblems on shirts, hats, and coats, were abundant. When the Dark Star Orchestra started playing, a big cloud of smoke rose up from the crowd, as people lit up various home-rolled cigarettes, despite a no-smoking policy announced beforehand.

There was even one high school age young man with long hair who looked like he was having a slightly bad trip on something - he lay down on the floor in a passage where people were walking, and a lady came up to him and persuaded him to get up and sit in a nearby empty seat. …

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