How many times have you said “unprecedented time” when addressing weird circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic?
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a bit of a busy bee and workaholic. In this unprecedented time, my normal three jobs has reduced to just one job that I now work from home. Life has changed quite a bit, but here are some adjustments music-wise that I’ve made:
- I created a Bandcamp account and bought music on there for the first time and took advantage of Bandcamp’s all money to the artist effort last Friday. Just to clarify, I typically buy physical copies of music – vinyl and CDs. I find Bandcamp easy, fun and a great way to directly support musicians. Anyone making and releasing music at this time gets a huge hat tip and a few bucks from me!
- Not that much different from normal life, but I turn on the radio. It’s talk radio, but CBC 99.1FM likes to pepper in little music blasts. Today alone Tom Power told me about the death of legendary African saxophonist, Manu Dibango. He was 86 years-old and died from COVID-19.
- I’ve been embracing the wave of home shows put on my some of my favourite musicians – a daily show from Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, indie power couple Kevin Morby & Waxahatchee, Saves the Day’s Chris Conley and many more and even more to come.
Some things I’ve been meaning to do:
- Listen to more podcasts. My regular listens include: Call Your Girlfriend, Canadaland and the Daily, but I’m really excited to find new non-COVID-19-focused content. Today’s find and hopefully listen is Dear Young Rocker.
- Tune into the Anti-Matter podcast, which is featuring interviews with Chris Conley (Saves the Day), Geoff Rickly (Thursday) and many other music heroes from me from 10+ years ago.
- And maybe even catch up on some of Thursday frontperson Geoff Rickly’s podcast on mental health and music, Dark Blue.
- Watch more TV. As if I could do this more? But why not?