COVID19 Kills SXSW but Sparks Wave of Creativity Among Musicians Who are Forced to Cancel Gigs
Coronavirus has not only been infecting people for months now, it has also been infecting industry and culture. Quarantines, cautionary measures and panic have not only slowed the economy, they've also caused the cancellation of concerts, tours and now even popular festival events like SXSW 2020.
But even in a time when musicians are starting to feel real financial impacts from the fallout of COVID19, there appears to be a silver lining. Less time touring means more time to fiddle around in the studio.
The Internet is now bursting with funny songs about hand-washing and amusing commentaries and song parodies about the virus – even as parody master Weird Al Yankovic declared on Twitter that he would not be updating his parody of "My Bologna" to "My Corona."
We need to give serious thought to both public and our own personal health, be considerate of those who have lost loved ones, and sympathetic to the plight of working musicians and everyone else losing work due to the situation. But a little levity never hurt. As a wise man once said "laughter is the best medicine".
Now go wash your hands, stop hoarding masks and toilet paper, and listen to some great versions of My Corona... er, I mean My Sharona.
Various "viral" tributes: My Corona by Stephanie Forryan: a sneezingly funny tribute to hand hygiene (generally a good idea all the time, but especially now)
My Corona by ZDoggMD: a viral anthem about the social impacts and symptoms of the virus
On my way to play my first tour of the year I stopped by a colleague's place to find out what mysterious musical projects he's up to. And then we had a jam session, singing C.B. Green's song, "Somebody's Hero". If you live in Germany, you've probably heard it because it's apparently on TV all the time as the soundtrack to the mydays commercials.
I got fancy in this vlog - I didn't get stuck in just any traffic jam. It was a FRENCH traffic jam!
And then I got to meet two of the coolest people ever: Mary Bee and David Air. They have a web series called Finding Harmony. So we met up in France to record an episode together! They are both amazingly talented and it was inspiring to get to spend a few days with them.
If ever there was a whirlwind tour, this was it (literally). I had a GREAT time touring Germany's North Sea region! The audiences were great, there were sold-out shows, and there was beauty everywhere I looked. I'm glad I videoed the whole thing, because it went by in the blink of an eye!
One of my favorite jobs as a singer-songwriter and performer is playing with equipment. I love watching people use equipment in innovative ways. And it's fun to experiment with it in my own music. In today's video, I'm playing with one of my favorite pieces of gear: a vocal FX pedal!