*This was an email I sent out on March 16, 2020 to my CKM subscriber list.*
Dear Friends and Music Makers,
I am thinking about you.
The world and our communities are struggling right now. We do not know what to expect from week to week, day to day. These are troubling times, indeed.
But it is my hope that we can navigate some of these difficult times with the arts. They can be there to help us to work through difficult feelings, isolation, fear, and loneliness. While the arts may not put food on the table nor provide healthcare services, they can definitely help us manage our mental health, which is also of utmost importance at times like these.
Our ability to process what we are thinking and feeling, or to disconnect from the news streams to focus our minds on something else, something positive that allows our heart rate to slow down a bit, our minds wander to more creative places. This can be so important as we deal with our new day to day.
Music can be a comfort during these times. As you may have seen with footage of Italians singing and playing from their balconies while isolated, music can bring connection and solace. I hope that you are still able to make music while you are at home. There are lots of wonderful things you can check out online and I’ll share some of those at the end of this note, if you’re interested in exploring them.
Though many of my teaching and performance gigs are being cancelled or postponed at this time (hard times for musicians), I have been working through how I can best manage my classes and lessons during this time, how I can support you and help us all stay connected, providing guidance, encouragement and tools. We are fortunate that technology is still allowing us to be able to do these things. While it’s no replacement for making music together in person, it is an alternative.
I hope you are safe and healthy. I hope you are practicing social distancing where possible and self-isolation if you need to. If you are in need and cannot get help, please reach out. We are all in this together.
I will be in touch directly with current students once I can firm up next steps for lessons, classes and other events. I will be doing my best to accommodate people in online platforms such as Skype lessons, Zoom, etc. or even recording video and audio tutorials to send back and forth. This might be the way we manage for the time being.
Please take care, let’s work together to support each other as we try to get through this important time. And do not hesitate to reach out if you need to.
Things you might check out online while you are self-isolating:
The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). ps://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/
Moog and Korg have made two of their synth apps available for free download if you’d like to try experimenting with electronic sounds and looping. https://www.engadget.com/2020/03/14/moog-and-korg-free-synth-apps/
Virtually explore some beautiful museums of the world https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
Live streams of opera from the Met https://operawire.com/metropolitan-opera-to-offer-up-nightly-met-opera-streams/
Create your own washing hands song with this generator https://washyourlyrics.com/
Musicians are trying to stay connected with their communities and audiences, like China’s Philharmonic: https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3073852/hong-kong-orchestra-posts-videos-players-making-music-social
A beautiful article to read on the power of music and mathematics over at Brainpickings https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/12/04/margaret-fuller-on-music/
My Tiny Tips that can help with the basics of learning to hold and strum a ukulele, or create those first chords. https://youtu.be/JL4kwBAmPmg
If you haven’t already checked it out, my dear friend James Hill has a great resource over at www.Uketropolis.com where you can sign up for a variety of streams of ukulele lessons and be part of a supportive global community of players.
Just a beautiful video of 90-year old Gyorgy Kurtag and his wife playing Bach together. https://www.cmuse.org/90-year-old-couple-playing-bach-duets/