It’s been a while since I posted, so let’s have a recap of the situation since the end of February:
In our last “episodes”, I was feeling pretty happy about being included in a couple of great compilations, RAWA: Renaissance Artists’ and Writers’ Association’s Songs for Social Change Volume 4 (as a runner-up) and Live From Robot Dog with Tim Lewis, Volume 3. Please check those out!
I had done two recording sessions with Rik Palieri for an album of traditional, public domain folk songs. I was also trying to write and refine new material for my next solo album.
At that point, the Novel Coronavirus began a worldwide tour.
A global pandemic sweeps the globe, and ham-fisted so-called “leaders” drop the ball, choosing to sell and buy stocks based on the information rather than alert the public to the danger, and otherwise engage in self-serving and stupid activity that is almost universally harmful rather than helpful.
Well, that escalated rapidly.
So what’s a topical songwriter to do? Well, first we alter plans a bit: gigs are cancelled, recording sessions too.
Then we get writing, and since we are home anyway, recording. I am in the process of refining a group of songs now, and hope to release an album in a month or slightly more.
I also hope to be able to work remotely with Rik Palieri to finish the album we started, and release that as well. Timing: undetermined.
Do what you can, where you can, with what you have.
I did two live stream shows on Facebook, in a group called Live Stream Open Mic. I extracted some performances from the first one already, and have started posting them to my YouTube channel.
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