The Fallout has affected all of us. Whatever your status, the pandemic has impacted us all with memories we won’t easily forget. Depression and anxiety have increased. Speaking with a couple of friends, I was surprised how concerned they were about their lack of motivation. I asked them; “What is it?” The deaths, the violence and the isolation of the last few years; the high prices in the grocery store; the high price of gas were immediate responses. In the music industry our suppliers, distributors have raised prices 2-3 times in as many years. On top of that, so many items are backordered. A custom drum set normally takes a couple of months. Now that same kit will take 6-8 months for delivery. That’s a long stretch to wait for something you planned and saved for.
In New York City, rents always high, have increased tremendously. Because of the exodus of New Yorkers at the beginning of the pandemic, apartments became available. In order to fill vacancies landlords lowered previous rents to entice new tenants. Now that those leases have expired the rents in many places have doubled. The tenants have had to move to more affordable places, often from one borough to another, or to another area. That’s a hassle!
The Arts, of course, have been affected tremendously. Orchestras, music venues, all playing catch up. The dance world also hard hit. Many Broadway shows got closing notices. Schools closing disrupting all the arts programs and the list goes on.
Now, for the good news! Concerts are back. Clubs, schools are open and less people are getting violently sick. The economy will take a while to recover. But it will. And the good news for those of us involved in music, is we are involved in music. We have a gift that does keep giving. Player or listener we have the ability to transport ourselves into another dimension. The “outside” world doesn’t exist for that period of time being occupied by the music. I consider it a spiritual experience. Can’t say everyone feels that. I do know the language of music is unlike our day-to-day language. It’s a unique vocabulary and we are fortunate to be able to tap in and out. Painting also has that ability to create a unique language. So many similarities between the two. I can understand why so many musicians like to paint. The use of creative imagination with its own language. Maybe another result of the fallout is the appreciation for what we have as music/art lovers. The realization of what we possess and who we are.