After the Last Gig

Within the last few weeks, every working musician has seen their gig calendar erased by Covid-19. Whether you were touring the world with a name act, or entertaining the locals in a dark little watering hole in your neighborhood, it didn’t matter. The entertainment world, for all intent and purposes, is shut down indefinitely, with no start-up date in sight. That’s a scary pill to swallow.

Some of us have day jobs to supplement our income and are perhaps better prepared, but for those who have chosen to make music their sole profession, the uncertainty of this situation can bring a tidal wave of anxiety.

Like most of you, I have some more free time on my hands these days. After spending a week watching the news, which only served to increase my anxiety, I decided to dive into creative endeavors. I need that distraction right now and I need to stay creative or I’m lost.

And so, when I’m done writing this post, I’ll be setting up my home studio so I can start recording new songs again. I haven’t done that for a while, and now is the perfect time. And once I’ve a few worthwhile ideas down, I want to share those files with my musician friends for collaboration. If we can’t make music together in the same room, we can at least use the technology available to share ideas with each other. I encourage other musicians to do the same if you can. This crisis limits a lot we can do, but it needn’t stop us from creating altogether.

When I’m not working on music, I’ll be working on this blog. If I find any information about resources available to out of work musicians, I’ll post it here. If I find links to good articles about dealing with the accompanying anxiety and depression that comes with a crisis like this, I’ll share that too. And, if I find anything remotely inspirational or amusing to share, I’ll do that as well. This isn’t a doomsday blog. I want it to be positive and entertaining.

If you would like to follow along, I’m happy to have you hear.

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