It has been almost a year since my last show…
Ok, so I am not gonna write a diaryesque entry here about how long I have gone without seeing a live concert or show. Or, better yet since I have seen ANY of my friends face-to face since COVID-19 shut everything down back in March of last year.
I think it’s safe to say we all know, and are equally depressed.
However, I would like to talk about the fact that live music WILL return…
But we have some work to do first on OUR end.
I’ll start with the obvious…in order for folks to even feel safe touring, and going to shows inside venues, WE HAVE TO GET THE PANDEMIC UNDER CONTROL. If this last year has taught us anything, and by God did we learn A LOT, it’s the importance of competent leadership at all levels, and taking care of each other when leadership fails miserably.
Now, NYC has been lucky with the governor we have in Andrew Cuomo, and a few other states as well. But, to see GOP governors, mayors, and the soon-to-be-former white supremacist-in-chief downplay this virus, offer little to no help to states hit hardest, and to not push for mandatory mask mandates, and stay-at-home orders has been disturbing, as well as unacceptable, deplorable, and beyond shameful.
Luckily, we do have a new president and vice president taking office in a few days who are politically sound and experienced, believe in science and who are empathetic individuals. Something this country has missed for 4 years.
Common sense, and folks not doing anymore fuckshit, like non-essential travel, not wearing a mask in public settings, having large parties and the like, will get us shows back.
Then, we have to ALL take a deeper look at what needs to change in the music scene and industry to be better for black and brown folks, women, LGBTQIA+ and every other oppressed group.
Shows coming back won’t mean jack shit if behaviors of the past don’t change. So that means more diversity overall, venues holding folks accountable and removing abusers, and more people no longer turning a blind eye to racist, sexist, and homophobic behaviors and the like.
And this needs to happen locally, and in the larger scene too. Not having shows for this long, should hopefully want US to be better when folks can get back on stage again, and touring again.
So I am looking forward to shows coming back and I am excited for that like the next person. But we have to do our part first.