Monday morning arrives again without the fanfare of waking up to an alarm clock, reflecting on your amazing relaxing weekend and detesting the grogginess that usually accompanies a Monday. Instead, it is a day like many others from the last few years. Lockdown, isolation, stay at home, repeat. As a musician the days of the week are not seen as most with a 9 to 5 job. Weekends are special as more people come out, party and hang around, but the day to day routine maintains.
And lately it maintains, and maintains and maintains…
Releasing an album during this time seems a bit like sex with two condoms on. We have to be safe, we have to be concerned, but does all the protection take away from the sensation. Where are then CD Release parties? Where are the fans with copies of the new album waiting to be signed? Where are the in person interviews, radio appearances and the handshakes and hugs that follow? Releasing an album in the vacuum of Covid restrictions and a worldwide pandemic is strange, there is no other way to describe it for me. But as I go through this life I can’t help but look back on the album releases in my past.
The gap between rooftop concerts in Winnipeg to siting at my computer and answering messages is huge. The roar of the crowd versus the comments on the screen is a huge divide. Concerts in dark rooms filled with the stink of a thousand other shows to performing from my home studio with the only other person in the room being my daughter who produces these events… again a huge divide.
HOWEVER… at the end of the day. Music is being created. Virtual concerts are happening. Folk can go to bed at night feeling that they have been a part of something. Something new that helps us get through our days. Helps us forget about the things that bother us. A reflection of our past and a glimmer of what is to come in the future. We are not going back. We are moving forward with a new understanding and expectation from our entertainers. We will love live concerts once again, we will shake hands and hug. BUT, we will also live online. Even when at shows we will look at our phones to see what is happening online. Online has become a place. A place where we meet and check in. A place where distance does not matter. A place for those who cannot get out to feel connected with the outside world.
This place is not going away. Releasing music in a vacuum??? Not really… It is just a part of the new future and I am learning … What have you learned during this time?
pic : Al Pettman