Written by Publications Coordinator, Lauren Au
As the school year began, I was in a familiar but dreadful place. The first few weeks were especially tough adjusting to a regular sleep schedule, struggling with coursework, and feeling the increased weight of expectations. Anxiety began to creep into my daily routines, and I was on the verge of attacks. However, amidst these challenges, a glimmer of hope, a night to forget about all my problems, and a much-needed outlet for my pent-up emotions were on the horizon.
For those of you who don't know me, I'm a huge fan of Tate McRae. From her iconic dancing to her catchy yet relatable songs, she will always be my favourite performer. Music has always been an important part of my life. It helps me calm down when I need to relax and puts me in a better mood. It also puts the thoughts in my head into words when my brain can't unscramble what's happening. This was no exception to when I first heard Tate's music in 2017. I related to every one of her songs' lyrics, and it got me through several of my problems. This is why when she announced her 2023 tour, I knew I couldn't miss it.
I recently attended a Tate McRae concert, and let me tell you, my life has not been the same since that night.
Now don’t get me wrong the idea of going to the concert alone initially filled me with nervousness however, these feelings quickly vanished when I got to the venue and started talking to people waiting in line to see/meet the girl we all love. Everyone was so friendly and when we finally met Tate we all agreed she’s all we wannabe.
Soon enough it was time for the actual concert to start. Core memories were made as we sang (more like screamed) at the top of our lungs to her infamous songs such as “you’re so cool” and “you broke me first.” Every word I sang felt like a release of emotions, a way to express myself and connect with Tate, and being able to share this experience with others made it truly special. It demonstrated how music connects the world and can help us express and process our emotions. Because of this experience, these people that were once strangers are now some of my good friends.
Overall, my Tate McRae concert experience was a healing experience through the power of music. It gave me new friends and created lasting memories amongst the craziness of school. So if you’re debating buying the concert tickets that’s been sitting in your carts… do it!! The power of music is amazing and we shouldn't underestimate its power.