2020 has already set a lot of records, and I don't mean vinyl. No, the crazy year is just that, abnormal! At this point, I would be happy to watch a baseball game on TV with empty stands. I'm sure the networks can make faux crowd noise but who cares, just something halfway normal would be just fine. I know so many musicians who have been hurt financially, as have bars, restaurants, waitstaff, and venues. Everyone's life was put on hold. It feels like it's lasted a long time and in many ways it has, but what comes next, as we hope to return to some level of normalcy?
At this point, there are many companies working on a vaccine. It takes time to go through clinical trials. Many fail, others succeed only to fail in later trials. Until there is a vaccine, there can be no herd immunity, and we are not dealing with influenza here but a coronavirus. Currently, there are no vaccines for any coronavirus (common cold, HIV, Ebola.) That should give us all pause and consider that we may be impacted by this virus for the next year or two until it finally burns out.
Maybe all of this is a trial run to see how we can operate around a pandemic? Musicians are doing a good job of playing online and taking donations to keep paying the bills. As we head into Summer with normal in our rearview mirror, I hope that everyone can continue to work together and support each other the best we can. Nobody asked for this to happen but we can be supportive of our friends, families, neighbors, and local businesses. Together we are not alone, we are all in this together.
The AstroMarkMusic Crew