Feelings awakened at live concerts
THERE is nothing better than heading out to a concert to awaken the senses.
I have attended a number of live music performances recently, both for work and for pleasure.
With colourful light displays and extremely loud music, it is no wonder sight and sound are the most obvious senses to be awakened at a concert.
There is nothing better than seeing your music heroes live on stage belting out their hit songs, sharing a piece of themselves.
But there are still many more senses to enjoy.
Judging by concerts I have been to recently, taste is another sense many music fans make the most of.
The long queues to the bar are followed by even longer queues at the toilets.
Depending on where you position yourself to view a concert is how much the sense of touch comes into play.
If you are up front in the mosh pit, there is going to be touch all over, as people cram themselves into the tightest of places to join in the fun, not to mention overenthusiastic dancers trying to bust a few moves after one too many ales.
This can even happen at really small concerts, where it seems the music has disoriented dancers so they feel they have more freedom to move, spin and twirl, swinging handbags and all, despite lack of space.
The one sense I am not too fond of at a concert is smell.
There can be unpleasant aromas emitted from smoke machines or some random person sneaking a smoke amongst the crowd.
There are other bad smells that can go wafting past that you don't really wish to identify.
Worst of all is when you are caught in the crowd with someone lacking a decent dose of deodorant, and you can't escape.
The funny thing is all these senses work in exactly the same way at a kids' concert.
There you still get the sights, the sounds, tastes (more of the sugary variety), touching, and yes, even those smells.
So no matter if you are watching Dora the Explorer or dancing along to a live band on the weekend, just rely on your sixth sense.
That way you will know when to hold your nose, cross your legs and simply enjoy all the sensations.