Our first Covid-19 related cancellation left me feeling relieved. It happened about a week before non-essential operations in the country, and just about the rest of the world, shut down. Prior to our client notifying us of the postponement, I was scrambling to figure out how to keep the band safe during this and other upcoming performances. So the cancellation got me off the hook for the time being, but I had no idea at that time what was upon us all. For many, it was the beginning of uncertainty, and the realization of the massive number of lives lost and heavily impacted. For me personally, it meant the unexpected loss of my day job but, with that, more time to focus on the people and activities – well, the solo activities – that I love.
But it also meant changing the way I, and scores of others, live our daily lives. For one, I am at home 98% of the time and I stress more about people being physically close to me on the rare occasion that I do go out. And for good reason. This virus is a nasty killer. And, at this writing, people are already relaxing about it. I’m not.
Ok, so what’s that going to mean when I’m with my band rehearsing and especially playing a gig?
It means no contact, right? No handshaking, no grabbing hands, no hugs, no leaning in for snapshots, no leaning in so you can hear someone talking to you over the music?
This sounds so crazy, but I can hear the announcement now. And I’ve heard it at Target and WalMart. “We’d like to remind our valued guests to maintain social distancing and keep your masks on at all times.”
Am I going to freak out if a patron or one of my band mates disrespects the rules. Geez, I hope not. Will I hide my annoyance behind a smile. Should I be more than annoyed? It’s my life after all. How do we all keep our cool? How about we respect the rules, whatever they are.
Six feet apart. On stage? I do not think any local venues will have a stage that will allow an entire band, especially one that’s our size, to remain six feet apart from each other so I’m assuming that stage plots will play a big role in live events for the near future, at least until there is an effective treatment, vaccine, etc.
We’re good with it. Whatever it takes to get back to sharing our passion for performing with those who come to see us. I don’t know what to expect, but we’ll be ready. We love you all. I know it sounds like a rubber stamp, but I’m going to put it out there … Stay safe!