Live or Memorex

The beauty of recorded music is that you get to hear the music as the artist and/or producer envisioned it. ["Envision" is a odd word to apply to music, but I digress.] Or at least as close as they were capable of delivering at the time.

The beauty of live music is in the unpredictability. You're hoping for, and you might get, a transcendent performance, elevated by the merged inspiration of the artist and the audience. Or you might get a complete trainwreck. In that sense, it's like a sporting event – the outcome isn't 100% predictable and you're hoping for a magic moment as it unfolds before you.