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    21 Music Experiences You Need To Have Before You Die

    Because life is nothing without music.

    1. Sing at the top of your lungs, with reckless abandon.

    2. Catch some world-famous jazz on the streets of New Orleans.

    3. Request music from a jukebox and experience the joy of your song coming on after a long wait.

    4. Make a mixtape for someone you love.

    5. Get lost in a record store.

    6. See a symphony orchestra play Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica."

    7. Get on stage during a concert.

    8. See a show in a gorgeous outdoor venue with a view.

    9. Go to a music festival.

    10. Have a song written for you. (Or write one for someone else!)

    11. Have Rihanna grab your booty during a meet and greet.

    Because why not??

    12. Sing along with a thousand other people at the same time.

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    There are many concerts where you can feel everyone singing the chorus together, but Ben Folds takes this moment to the next level.

    At nearly every show, the singer plays "Not the Same," from 2001's Rockin' the Suburbs, and directs the audience to sing along in three-part accompaniment. At Folds' command, hundreds of voices combine to form an A minor chord, then rise up to a C major. The effect is pretty goosebump-inducing and resonates incredibly well in an enclosed space. It gives you a little glimpse of why people have gathered to sing choral music for centuries — there's nothing like the power of human voices in harmony.

    13. Listen to your favorite album with high-quality headphones.

    14. See a musical on Broadway.

    15. Listen to a record on vinyl all the way through.

    16. Watch a rap battle.

    17. Shamelessly rock out to a song in your car with your friends...

    18. Or by yourself, with the windows down and the wind blowing in your hair.

    19. Get sweaty at a basement show.

    20. And dance your face off at party where your favorite DJ is playing.

    21. Learn to play a song on an instrument.

    It's an insanely rewarding and awesome feeling to be able to sit down with an instrument and make music happen. And when you practice enough, sometimes there's a moment where the muscle memory all comes together and suddenly you look down sounds so much like the song that you listen to all the time. And it's you who's making those notes come out of thin air! That's a feeling of wonder no one should miss.