When tickets were first released for the Cud Life Tour in August, I'll admit, I wasn't ecstatic or anxious, and I debated whether or not I actually wanted to go.

I had never seen Logic, Big Sean or Kid Cudi in concert before, even though I had a summer full of worshiping Kid Cudi's four albums. After thinking for a few days about how greatly his music had recently influenced my academic and personal life, it was a no brainer – I owed it to myself to see this lyrical mastermind. I absolutely had to go; I was going no matter what.

Last Sunday some friends and I drove to Nashville, Tenn., to see my beloved artist, and we arrived at the venue pretty early to ensure we would be close to the front of the line. We waited with other groups of people who gushed over the same artists, although most were much younger than myself. I had been waiting for this day for weeks, and the weather was perfect; I knew it was sure to be a great night.

When the doors finally opened, my anxiety was in full effect. I was so thrilled and nervous at the same time. The calm groups of people who we had been waiting in line with were now rushing in the door and running to the open floor section, where I too was headed.

After waiting for an hour, the opening act Logic preformed. I enjoyed it, but come on – this is not who I came here to see. After Big Sean's exceptional performance, we had to wait even longer. It seemed as if I had been waiting all day. I thought to myself, has it been worth the three hour drive and six hour wait? I wasn't sure.

When the curtain was raised to reveal the opening act, my heart was pounding and my palms were sweaty. I looked around and peered through the marijuana smoke to see the stage setup. From the starry LED background screen to the craters that served as Cudi's entrance and exit from the stage, the performer who was clad in a custom-made futuristic space suit really became "The Man on the Moon." The mood of the venue was truly complete when the props were revealed; they made the concert that much better.

My favorite aspect of the performance was when he sang a capella and asked the crowd to sing along. I don't think there is a stronger connection or bond that is formed than that which is formed by a whole arena who is singing the same song while not missing a beat.

I had never felt more connected to an artist, much less hundreds of other people I didn't know at all. I really didn't expect to have felt such a connection with complete strangers, but I realized that we were all there for the same purpose.

The connection Kid Cudi made with the audience was incredible. I mean, sure, I had listened to his life story through his music, but seeing him perform his story in person was magical. He was so open and honest, which earned him a lot of credibility from the crowd. I felt like I had forgotten what real life was like for five hours.

I was in a dream and really didn't care if I woke up.

Hollie Hughes is a sophomore in sociology. She can be reached at bjq975@utk.edu.