How people who have lived through horrific acts of terror at shows, festivals, and clubs hear music differently now.

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“band performing on stage in front of people” by Vishnu R Nair on Unsplash

By Quinn Moreland

Note: This article contains descriptions of violence and trauma that some readers may find disturbing.

People go to concerts in order to live. We trek to nightclubs to absorb waves of rhythm that wash away the week’s worries. We spend entire paychecks on festival passes to stand in a massive crowd of strangers and feel bigger than ourselves. If only for a moment, there’s simply the music, and an enveloping sense of community. Perhaps it is this inherent vulnerability — and the joy that comes with it — that has led terrorists to target such gatherings across…

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