Illustrator - Storyteller - Coffee drinker
We are now in day four of what is being called "Social Isolation", trying to have a virus dissipate by all of us staying in our homes in the hopes that it runs its course so we can continue our lives as per normal.
I think deep inside many of us know our way of life will not be "normal" for a while, if ever... and that scares us. Many of us are rightfully anxious about the future, let alone our very present. Life as we know it is hitting a hard stop and we cannot wait to have it back.
Since gatherings of 10 or more people are not recommended at the moment, all sports, all plays, all concerts have been either postponed or downright cancelled. Most performers have agreed to step back and advice their fans to do the same. Good idea, really.
...but that leaves a void in people's heart. theater, art, music, even sports fill an emotional need in us that, once taken away, it's hard to deal with. A part of what defines us is empty... and that helps our anxiety grow even more.
As always, art comes to the rescue, this time aided by technology.
Many musicians, several of them that had to cancel current tours, are playing mini concerts every day in all types of social media... some of them do it to stay connected with their fans, some of them request donations for different charities, all of them done it because of their love of music, and for the love of their fans.
Willy Porter, one of my favorite musicians, had his first concert online, from his studio ("Live from the Bunker"), and it was amazingly beautiful. His beautiful songs, his guitar virtuosity, and his message of hope very much helped people gain confidence in the future... he brighten our day and, at least for me, made me believe things will get better. He did it in a way that only those who truly care for others can... his honesty and sincere love of life was felt by all viewers, judging from the messages that kept pouring in during his performance.
Willy, in the small chance you're reading this... thank you so very much. Keep on doing what you do, because it helps us anxious people an awful lot.
Thanks for reading,