We’ve most likely all done one of these things: been thrilled while participating in a reading by one of our favorite authors, jazzed to finally be going to that play on Broadway we’ve always liked 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 while riding Niagara Falls charter bus. There’s just one thing about having the chance to experience these events personally that make them something we’ll never forget.
And, given the nature of the experience, we often try to find a way to memorialize what it implied for us by investing in some souvenirs to bring home. We may have been moved by a specific piece of music, so we get 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 because of its amazing design and limited quantity.
Here’s the thing. What do you do with those things once it’s all over?
Listening that CD while you’re driving home. Haven’t most of us done that? You get to the car, tear the plastic off the case, and set it into the player. And after that, all the way home, you hear happy tunes and remember the awesome moments of the concert: bearing in mind how the live version you just heard is different from the recording, enjoying every last word of your favorite song as you cruise home in the dark.
Frame it. If you bought 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. So … get it framed! Stick that poster behind some glass and put it on the wall. Every time you look up, you’ll see it, and it’ll likely be a great conversation starter with friends, too.
Want something else to do with those ticket stubs? How about making use of them to make a sentimental card to give to the person that accompanied you? You can discuss 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! If you took tons of photos at the concert, you can make a t-shirt from them. Opt for several 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. (All of these are also easy to create for numerous people, too, if you went along with a group of friends.).
You don’t need to bring those souvenirs home and shove them in a box while riding Niagara Falls charter bus. Use any of these suggestions to enjoy that concert memorabilia for more than just one evening.