Love in the Time of Coronavirus

I’ve kept this website for years. It’s an anachronism in the age of social media, but it’s my anachronism and I’m pretty fond of it. I was hoping my first post of 2020 would be chock full of fun things—albums I’ve been working on, gratuitous releases of personal music, recording studio updates, maybe even the last installment of the Ableton Live series I’ve been working on for years (not likely)—but here we are in March, and my first stretch of free time for the year is thanks to a global coronavirus pandemic.

Being a musician is hard enough, but now that the world is shunning travel and social gathering the challenges are feeling a little insurmountable. Over the last three days I’ve dropped over thirty shows and sessions from my calendar. The artists and venues that haven’t yet canceled are running on fumes of foolish optimism. (Maybe “capitalism” is a better choice of word.) They rely on an audience to make a living, and musicians rely on venues, and I, primarily a sideman, rely on other musicians. It’s a chain of survival that’s melting down surprisingly quick.

What to do in the meantime? Well, I do have my studio, Bones & Wire, where I’ll be hunkering down after a thorough disinfecting and making as much music as I can with what resources I have available. Some of the projects I’ve been working on over the last year will be coming out soon—without album release shows or touring as an option to promote them it’s still up in the air how they’ll be presented. I’ll be spending a little more time than usual researching how to earn money from the music I usually write for fun in my spare time. Most of my time will be spent home with my family, entertaining kids out of school and daycare and catching up on house chores while the lifelines of music I’ve grown accustomed to are put on indefinite hiatus. I realize, of course, I'm luckier than many.

It’s a topsy-turvy world out there, who knows for how long, but hopefully you’re reading this from a safe and sane place and hanging here with me spiritually until life is as close to normal as we need it to be.