We’ve possibly all done one of these things: been delighted while joining a reading by one of our favorite authors, jazzed to finally be going to that play on Broadway we’ve always wanted to see, found ourselves speechless by listening to (and watching!) a concert pianist, or had the moment of our lives seeing our favorite band in concert. There’s just one thing about having the opportunity to experience these events personally that make them something we’ll never forget.
And, due to the nature of the experience, we often search for a way to memorialize what it meant for us by purchasing some souvenirs to bring home. We may have been moved by a specific piece of music, so we purchase the album that it’s on so we can go back to that piece again and again. Or, we buy the incredible commemorative poster that they’re selling due to its awesome design and limited quantity.
Here’s the thing. What do you do with those things after it’s all over? They often get tucked away in a box and forgotten, but that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, try one of these four strategies to keep the memory alive.
Play that cd while you’re driving home. Haven’t all of us done that? You come to the car, tear the plastic off the case, and placed it into the player. And afterwards, all the way home, you play happy tunes and remember the awesome moments of the concert: taking note how the live version you just heard is different from the recording, feeling every last word of your favorite song as you cruise home in the dark.
Frame it. If you picked up a limited poster, tickets to a reunion tour, or the final concert, EVER, of your favorite artist, you might want a special way to memorialize this evening that you’ll never forget. Every time you look up, you’ll spot it, and it’ll likely be a wonderful conversation starter with friends, too.
Want another thing to do with those ticket stubs? How about making use of them to make a sentimental card to provide to the person that accompanied you? You can talk about how fun it was to be together, the time you laughed harder than you thought possible, and the gratefulness you have for your friendship.
Make a t-shirt! You can make a t-shirt from them if you took lots of photos at the concert. Opt for some of your favorite photos, create a caption that has meaning (or a favorite lyric), and then put it all together. This is an exciting way to make it personal, and something you’ll wear for downtime. (These are also easy to create for several people, too, if you went along with a group of friends.).
Bottom line? You don’t need to bring those souvenirs home and shove them in a box. It’s fun to remember the fun times! Choose any of these techniques to enjoy that concert memorabilia for more than just one evening.