“The only thing constant is change.” Heraclitus
That quote is about 2,500 years old but it still works. Our new normal has come in like a lion. Things like getting a big hug from someone, meeting up with friends to wax philosophic or finding a great new hole in the wall bar are scarce these days.
Looking for some silver lining in this touch of grey can be a fulltime job. One of the things that has warmed my heart are all the examples of music making things better. I’m sure you have seen many of them on social media. I think it shows how close music is to our lives and how we can turn it up when we need it. It’s hope you can dance to.
Musically, I have been going through some of the old stuff but also some of the new. I can get overwhelmed by how much there is to know about music. (“I should practice more.” or “Why didn’t I start sooner?”) But during this new normal roar, music feels more like an old friend I unexpectedly ran into. Maybe you haven’t picked up that guitar in the corner of your guest bedroom in years. Maybe that keyboard in the basement is a little dusty. (I should cover mine too). But, just like that old friend, you can pick up right where you left off.
Self-expression is a big deal but I would venture even more so these days. We take for granted how often we get to remind us of ourselves. Whether it be at work, at home, at the gym or school, we all have a unique energy. We all have a part to play and a light to shine. This new normal hems us in a bit. I firmly believe that music can help.
We at Alchemy Sky have gone virtual like much of the country. Our Veterans Music Project is now online. This is our third iteration of VMP and we are excited for the opportunity to work with such amazing Veterans. We can see (and hear) already how this new normal is giving us an opportunity to celebrate our old selves.
Keep it rockin’.