Over the past year the COVID-19 has changed the landscape in how we live. It has taken hundreds of thousands of lives, sickened thousands more, left many with continued debilitating side effects and has destroyed families. The pandemic has proven merciless in how it altered business productivity and shut down industries. Few industries though were hit worse than arts and entertainment. It has been reported as one blaring example that over 60 percent of New York City’s entertainment venues have closed their doors permanently. Similar situations are reported across the country and globe. Here is another sad part to this story.

I have spoken with many musicians that have become depressed, deeply frustrated, and disenchanted because of not being able to perform. Many do not have second incomes and feel helpless. These emotions can kill enthusiasm and drive. It disrupts focusing which is profoundly necessary for artists to continue to improve our crafts. It zaps energy. The worries of how to keep food on the table and pay the rent are front and center. This is certainly an understandable mindset. Some have even talked about not playing anymore and are pursuing other careers. Sad indeed. The wrath of this pandemic.

I think it is important for fellow musicians and artists to remain positive and to keep reaffirming there is light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. There will be a time to perform again openly and safely without restrictions. Considering, it is extremely important we stay mentally and technically prepared. We must continue to practice and elevate our performance capabilities while remaining committed to our art. One great way to achieve this during this time is to have virtual performances with likeminded musicians. It is the next best thing to being there live. Technology enables us to do some amazing things. We can still play our instruments and perform with the same passion and focus. Virtually. It’s a great way to keep us in the musical game and more importantly, keeping us musically prepared.

Lastly, while music absquatulated from the venues…consequently forcing them to shut their doors… new ones will open with a vibrant and uplifting exuberance, joy, and determination. I believe there will be a fresh and exciting new level of appreciation for the arts once the pandemic coast is clear. Then we can let our canorous shouts of joy ring loudly.

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Watch a performance video of musicians Holly Kirsten and Jae Sinnett. Holly wrote this song, "A Very Fine Thread," as a tribute to her late mother who made beautiful and artistic quilts.

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