Let's share some ideas about self-care and how we can be kind to ourselves and one another in these difficult times.
This is off-topic for our community but we can do this productively if we focus on how we are filling the time left to us because of canceled gigs.
For me, this has given me time to catch up on some writing, finish some songs, get reacquainted with my gear, and get in touch with distant connections. Next, I want to explore ways to collaborate with musicians online and I'm considering virtual shows.
What are you doing?
Please - This is not the place to talk about why we're not gigging these days. There are lots of other places to talk about COVID-19. Let's not bring politics, extreme behaviors, or social criticism into this, and leave the memes and joke threads for other sites.
Jun 3, 2018
As a legend in my spare time, I'm still working full-time. But, my part-time acoustic group (The Windbags) is going to hold an online gig on April 3rd to take the place of our actual gig that was cancelled. I'm looking forward to giving that a whack!
Aug 15, 2019
Well, normally I'd say charging my S1.
But you helped fix that issue ST. And thank you for that.
Stay healthy my Friend ! 🙂
Sep 17, 2019
Watching my second, dormant, S1 Pro to see how long the battery lasts
Actually I plan to spend extra time practicing and recording. Hopefully I'll end up a better guitar player at the end of it
My job is starting a 50/50 (week on/week off) schedule this week, so I'll be catching up on finishing up our demo music video, AV projects at church (video system and AV network upgrades), prep'ing new songs on the band "learn list", working on the band lighting setup, taking some guitars in for setup/repair and, of course, yardwork
Sep 8, 2019
Here in Arizona this is our busiest season. I have a day job as a Registered Investment Advisor so this is a double whammy! I am just practicing all my various instruments and learning new songs. I have had six concerts rescheduled. My advice is try to reschedule cancelled gigs immediately instead of just cancelling them. Take some advice from a very seasoned vet. This will end and there may be pent up demand. Call your clients and make plans for the future. Also, this may be a good time to make repairs to equipment you could not do without.
May 10, 2018
1) LESS Arguing with "idiots" in on-line comment threads.
2) Scheduled and will convene a weekly Zoom on-line recovery meeting.
3) More writing, recording in my studio.
4) Exploring on-line gigging options (all gigs cancelled for now).
Any help with #4 would be GREATLY appreciated!
What I've learned so far is:
A friend of mine tried Next Music Festival yesterday. The interface is very 'busy' and clunky, it's HEAVILY inundated with ads and seems game oriented with "music" as a add-on. Hard to use, hard to access.
My friend did some 'concerts' on Periscope -- I'm going to suggest that we revisit that platform.
I was in a Zoom meeting yesterday and it worked quite well. It's an option for invitation only "concerts" for up to 49 people (gallery mode) if people behave themselves (mute their audio) and give donations on another platform such as paypal it's an OK option. And it's only $15 a month for "meetings" longer than 40 minutes.
Meantime, as a 75 year old cardiac case, I'm completely self-quarantined for now...but still HEALTHY...gotta' walk around the farm more though...
Stay healthy, Chet. My CF daughter (and our cajon player) is in the same at-risk boat. If the 1918 flu epidemic treatment plan was any indication, they found that getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine really *was* beneficial in prevention and treatment, even to the point that they moved many ICU patients outside whenever possible to successfully aid the recovery of many. With many of us in a reduced work status, we should all take some of that time to "walk around the farm more", for both our physical AND mental well-being
Jun 4, 2018
Good fresh air and some walking/exercise is always a good thing. I’m just woodshedding on doing more jazz repertoire and experimenting with our 2 S1s.