Covid ponderings

These are the craziest of times that we will hopefully never live again, but strangely enough now, after a month or more of "lockdown"  the crazy has become normal.  It is normal now to go out wearing my mask, and my plastic gloves, and to talk to a cashier through a plexiglass shield, and to spray down every can of soup I buy with 70% alcohol.  I dont think a thing about it now.  That's how flexible and adaptable most of us still are.  We say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but this old dog can still learn some tricks!!   One thing I have been pondering though, is how this pandemic is going to affect all of us creatives on the tail end of this shitstorm.  I am imagining it will take a long time for everyone to recover financially.  The folks who wanted to buy a tshirt, or a cd, or some cards at christmastime, will now think at least twice about spending that extra money for what seems like a luxury.   There will be venues that will fold, or festivals that will have seen their last gathering back in 2019.  This is all farther down the line and I'm not going to worry about that right now.  What I am thinking about today, as I roll through my list of friends on the FB, is how many of these music fans are still with us? I mean,  many of the folks that like to listen to my music are baby boomer and beyond.  Folk and bluegrass  is that way.  I stumble upon a contact there who has passed on without my being aware.  I am thinking that this virus might be taking out a greater number of the friends than usual.   And the thought of that hurts my heart.  Be safe,  stay at home.  wash your hands, like ALL the time. 

7 comments

  • Henry Nicolaides
    Henry Nicolaides Herrin Illinois
    I look forward to coffee when this is over!

    I look forward to coffee when this is over!

  • Delbert Long
    Delbert Long SW Utah
    If I put Central Utah - that's the name of the town (?) we live in, Google Maps would put you somewhere in the middle of Salt Lake City. So...the real reason I'm here is to say Thanks Wil for making this page and I look forward to reading more of your stuff. Hang in there, please don't quit writing, singing, and "Keeping the Farm."

    If I put Central Utah - that's the name of the town (?) we live in, Google Maps would put you somewhere in the middle of Salt Lake City. So...the real reason I'm here is to say Thanks Wil for making this page and I look forward to reading more of your stuff. Hang in there, please don't quit writing, singing, and "Keeping the Farm."

  • Tom Bakken
    Tom Bakken Schererville, Indiana
    So far, so good. Looking forward to your building up the site. I can't wait for live events to return. We made almost a concert or festival a month, last year. I've got several of your CDs already. Great songs that anyone would love. And, the KEEPER OF THE FARM T-shirts are beautiful, comfortable and wash well. My next wish is one of your paintings. I just have to pick the right one, then make sure I can pay for it. Since we're not going to concerts now, I've gotta stimulate the arts some other way, I guess. So maybe, this will be the year I get that painting. Could be an upside to the downside. Love what you do. And, can't wait for this sh%t storm to be over. All the best!

    So far, so good. Looking forward to your building up the site. I can't wait for live events to return. We made almost a concert or festival a month, last year. I've got several of your CDs already. Great songs that anyone would love. And, the KEEPER OF THE FARM T-shirts are beautiful, comfortable and wash well. My next wish is one of your paintings. I just have to pick the right one, then make sure I can pay for it. Since we're not going to concerts now, I've gotta stimulate the arts some other way, I guess. So maybe, this will be the year I get that painting. Could be an upside to the downside. Love what you do. And, can't wait for this sh%t storm to be over. All the best!

  • Jeffery Antkowiak
    Jeffery Antkowiak South Bend, IN
    In twist of irony today I was listening to some old folk classics and when listening to Pete Seeger's Turn, Turn, Turn I noticed this lyric which seems so prescient now, " A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing".

    In twist of irony today I was listening to some old folk classics and when listening to Pete Seeger's Turn, Turn, Turn I noticed this lyric which seems so prescient now, " A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing".

  • Ken Richmond
    Ken Richmond Beautiful scenic southern Illinois
    I'm still here and loving listening to your music and reading your posts. Thanks for sharing your thought on here. Peace, love and health to you, your family, and friends :-)

    I'm still here and loving listening to your music and reading your posts. Thanks for sharing your thought on here. Peace, love and health to you, your family, and friends :-)

  • Carl Brownfield
    Carl Brownfield Goldfield Nevada.
    My mission to bring good American Roots music to the extremely rural population of west central Nevada has taken off like a rocket. We constantly get accolades from listeners both near and far about the music we play and you and Robert are a good chunk of why we do. Our support comes from listeners and local business sponsors, many of which are currently closed due to the virus and we can't expect them to pay us when there is no income to them. Thank you for allowing us to re-broadcast your home concert from last week - It came out great as a KGFN Special Presentation and we are very proud to air it to our listeners.

    My mission to bring good American Roots music to the extremely rural population of west central Nevada has taken off like a rocket. We constantly get accolades from listeners both near and far about the music we play and you and Robert are a good chunk of why we do.
    Our support comes from listeners and local business sponsors, many of which are currently closed due to the virus and we can't expect them to pay us when there is no income to them.
    Thank you for allowing us to re-broadcast your home concert from last week - It came out great as a KGFN Special Presentation and we are very proud to air it to our listeners.

  • Joachim Pietschmann
    Joachim Pietschmann Berlin, Germany
    It all started out with my displeasure about the person representing the local radio DJ of "Roots", a format since more than 30 years. The DJ is member of the so called high-risk group - based on corona. I started "daydreaming" how a "Roots-show" would look like, if I should be asked to compile it. One of the songs I surely would pick is "Reminds me of Missouri", 'cause it brings tears to my eyes whenever I listen to. Maybe it came out of the deepest vaults of my memory that "The 28th of April" is just another titel on the "Turning of a century". I only realized it when the CD running in the player. I am becoming both foolish and old.

    It all started out with my displeasure about the person representing the local radio DJ of "Roots", a format since more than 30 years. The DJ is member of the so called high-risk group - based on corona. I started "daydreaming" how a "Roots-show" would look like, if I should be asked to compile it. One of the songs I surely would pick is "Reminds me of Missouri", 'cause it brings tears to my eyes whenever I listen to. Maybe it came out of the deepest vaults of my memory that "The 28th of April" is just another titel on the "Turning of a century". I only realized it when the CD running in the player. I am becoming both foolish and old.

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