Monday, April 20, 2020

My Music Monday

With all this quarantine stuff, musical artists have kind of stepped up to the plate. As they are not doctors, nurses, etc, there is a limited skillset in which they can shine.

But during lockdown, art is still important.

Musicians, such at Neil Finn, Shawn Colvin, John Paul White, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Marti Jones & Don Dixon, and many others, are all posting live performances from their houses.

Finn and his sons will do at least one song per day, sometimes up to seven. Colvin has done one-off songs, usually deeper tracks, but the other day did a full 90 minute concert, just her and a guitar. Carpenter stands in her kitchen, usually with a dog roaming around playing as well.

Both Dixon / Jones and White have done full(er) sets.

With all, the quality goes from great to, ehhhhhh.....maybe call one of your young kids to help you with that electronic stuff. Still it's out there if you know where to look. A lot is on Twitter, Facebook and the likes.

Benjamin Gibbard - lead singer / guitarists for the band Death Cab for Cutie - actually released a Covid-19 related track:  "LIfe in Quarantine".

It's timely, it's coronavirus-adjacent: meaning, it fits with today's times, but at some point the song could almost stand on its own without having those pandemic connotations. Sure, it's hard not to think of the current stuff with a lyric like: "people have a way of getting crazy / when they think they'll be dead in a month."   

Since it's home studio created, there aren't a lot of extras. It's pretty much a guitar and a vocal track - and both are good. My opinion, of course.

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