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.