Written for Kurrent Music
Published May 26 2017
Just like the rest of the world, I woke up this week to the shocking news of the attack after the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK. When more details became available, my heart broke more and more.
We did a poll at my office to see if anyone was interested in going to one of her shows when she had announced her tour, but we decided that we were basically too old. The general opinion among us was that she still was for a teen audience, even though her lyrics and all of her latest moves attempt to attract a mature(r) audience. So, even without hearing about the victims yet, it was already clear to me that a lot of very young people were hurt during the events. I really can’t imagine what these kids and their parents have gone through.
I love going to concerts and only when I left the Bruno Mars concert, recently, did I become aware of the fact that a lot of people were there and I immediately became alert to my surroundings, as I’ve been doing since 9/11. But not for a moment did I think about any dangers like that lurking during the show. As it should be on an evening like that.