I think it would be an understatement for me to say that we are all living in interesting times at the moment especially if you work in the entertainment, arts and music industries.
I have musician friends whose livelihoods (for the next 6 months at least) have just evaporated in a blink of an eye. On a personal note, any attempts for me to get back into live gigs have been put on hold.
Thankfully, my day gig is still going so financially I’m doing okay.
I think what I need to be doing right now is bunker down and keep myself and my family safe for the time being and I imagine that is what all of you want to be doing as well.
On my birthday (January 7th) I wrote a post titled Today, I Reaffirm My Musical Goals (A Birthday Gift To Me) where I restated my primary musical goal to you all.
The goal was “…to develop, maintain and sustain a career as a songwriter, musician, producer and blogger utilising the internet as my primary tool of promotion, networking and marketing.”
Well, in these interesting times we live in, being a musician that sustains a living primarily from the online world doesn’t seem like such a far-fetched goal to realise now.
I mean, as time goes on, there are going to be lots of people that will end up either in self isolation or forced quarantine at home with not much to do.
What do these people need (besides Netflix) to keep them entertained and to stop them from going stir crazy from cabin fever? They need music, they need to experience an online musician or two.
They need people like ME and YOU.
As my way of developing, maintaining and sustaining my own online music career, I’ll be using this COVID-19 driven downtime wisely, researching ways to work from the comfort (and relative safety) of my own home as a songwriter, musician, producer and blogger.
And I’ll be using this blog as a means to document my journey.
I’ll also be using this downtime to concentrate more on my health as I want to be able to give myself the best possible chance I can to get through to the other side of this situation both physically and mentally.
For me and my family.
All I can say right now is keep calm and stay safe, keep your distance, wash your hands and keep on creating.
We need good music, good art, good books, good laughs more than ever before so don’t let all of the panic and hysteria get you down.