I joined my first band when I was 15. I loved it then, and I still do. The music, the crowds, the energy, the rush that comes with performing live.
I enjoy going to concerts with friends, and going to see friends perform, and being in a place with people and music and drinks.
All that to say: shit is weird right now.
This COVID-19 situation is rough on everything – families, communities, hospitals, businesses, arts, etc. Everything is canceled.
I do want to give a shout-out to all the artists out there doing live streams and promoting their fellow artists and just keeping things going as best they can. As artists, we have this burning desire to create, and we try to figure out ways to continue no matter what.
The thing is, live streams aren’t the same. They’re not a substitute for the actual live experience. We know this. They’re a stop-gap during this pandemic, but it’s impossible to have the energy that comes with being with our fellow art lovers in one place for one reason.
And I hope that when things get back to normal, or we as a society have something of a new normal, that we can develop a deeper embrace and appreciation for the arts and community, and remember that it was artists we turned to during this pandemic – whether watching those live streamed musical performances, listening to our favorite albums, or binging Netflix; the arts got us through.
I hope we don’t take for granted the live concert experience. I hope we make it a point to go see a play, catch a movie on the big screen, and catch that art show.
And in the meantime, if you’re able to, watch some of those music live streams and tip the artists (many are using Venmo, Cash App, and PayPal.) Buy their albums. Pick up a gift certificate or season pass from your local indie theater or community theater. Get some takeout or delivery from your favorite local restaurant.
Support the arts. Shop local. And be sure to thank those who work in the healthcare industry.