How great to hear from so many of you folks out there well beyond the 6-ft. limit! A lot of folks on this list that I haven’t connected with in a long time. So here’s a quick update from the beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon.
Meri’s mom celebrated 100 trips around the sun this past Sunday. We held a “socially distant” party for her by inviting folks to send her cards and letters. She received over 3 dozen, which has kept her busy and given her a lot of joy. Rather than risk burning the house down with 100 candles on the cake, we just used one – representing one century.
All my music gigs have been cancelled indefinitely. John Hollis and I are rehearsing over Zoom – not optimal, but safe. Trying to keep a positive spin on all this stuff, I’ve come up with a new “socially distant” activity that I’m hoping will catch on. It’s called “Social Dis-Dancing.” You hook up with your dance partner via Zoom or Facetime, get one of those life-size teddy bears – or better yet – an inflatable love-doll – tape your phone to its face so you can gaze longingly into your dance partner’s distant eyes , crank up the music on one end of the call and proceed to dis-dance.
For you musicians, I’m having a T-shirt made with the attached “Weird Times” graphic. And if that doesn’t make you smile, I’ve also attached a music-themed cartoon about “social distancing notes” as well as a photo that appeared in our local paper last week with some good advice about dealing with this virus.
I’ve been teaching at our local elementary school this year and of course that’s on hold for now. Our District has implemented an internet learning program to keep the kids on track while school is closed. My job is more of a teacher’s aid position, so there’s not much I can do to help with the on-line instruction. However, I’ve been taxed with making some music videos of the songs that the kids sing (The ABC song, Old MacDonald, Wheels On the Bus, etc.) that they can watch and sing-along with on Instagram. This will justify my continued paycheck from the School District (thank you, tax-payers).
Anybody going to Bob Shane’s memorial event on Aug. 4th? Hope to see some of you there.
Prayers that all of you stay healthy.