The last year has been hard on us all. The impact of Covid-19 was devastating to many musicians. We were locked in and locked out from our jam sessions and get togethers. We had become so used to going and picking--not thinking anything about it. We didn't realize what a blessing it was!
Suddenly, our music and our social time together was gone. So, we were left wondering, "What do we do now?"
The pandemic was not the only reason some were without music. There are many others reasons people find themselves without their beloved music and opportunities to play.
Personally, I am without driver's licenses, so I have missed many opportunities to play or work in a band. I'm a 57-year-old bass player, electric or stand up. I do mess with the banjo, and mandolin, guitar, and I also do vocals. I've been a musician for 43 years. I do get the blessing to work with the Red Hill Dulcimer society .
There are other issues that keep us from going to play or even playing at home. One of the hardest to deal with is arthritis or other physical ailments that leave someone no longer able to perform.
Another issue that keeps us from playing is family and/or commitments. Sometimes it's very hard to work around others' schedules and also your own work. T here are all kinds of reasons we don't get to play.
Please share your comments, ideas and support for each other. If you have overcome something, please share with everyone else. You might help someone else. Let us know how you continue to enjoy music or work with other musicians.
For those of you who have been longing for live music again, check out the list of festivals offered in near-by states.
Many festivals will be taking place throughout Indiana and Kentucky this season. I hope everyone gets to attend their favorite festival or discover another favorite.
There is a complete listing of all festivals nationwide available in Bluegrass Unlimited .