"April 2022. STAY TUNED FOR possible GIG NEWS -even if just on a mini scale! )" ... (or not)
... WELL. it's been quite a doozy life these past 2 yrs since the Pandemic hit and musician's gigs were cancelled! Early on I also lost my voice to some crazy "cough from hell " respiratory thing for 2 weeks straight 20 hrs day back in March 2020.. ( I'm betting it was Covid virus but at that time Kaiser said unless you have a Fever it's not Covid.. so i just treated it at home best i could.) But it completely stripped my vocal cords raw OUCH! lol And I was left with a sandpaper voice when I'd try to sing., There were NO gigs anyway due to Covid so all my singing stopped.
When they finally let me get into Kaiser to have a look at my throat.. the ENT doc put this little tiny camera down (my nose .. lordy that was not fun) to look at my vocal cords.. He said yes they were mega inflamed and "give it time". Such is life.
So to keep myself entertained at home while we were all in lockdown and semi lockdown, I created a Comedy Sketch Character "Pamela Truth" an over- the- top ridiculously silly gal . but it kept me busy. I also made some Whistle Videos! so I could keep my finger callouses up on my guitar ... but still get to to "sing" a song via Whistling instead since I love to whistle
EVERYONE has their Covid story that's for sure and bottom line of course I'm one of us lucky ones who is still alive to talk about it.
It's March 2022 as i write this and tho variants of Covid are out there (and prob always will be) we are slowly coming back to LIFE .. but with the MUSIC AND GIG world it's good to see it back .... but only about half the Venues decided to have music again . Perhaps later they'll have it again. OR they have found that although it was a nice thing to offer their patrons, they really do not need that extra expense of paying a performer, and the yearly Licenses they had to pay to have live music there. And making a stage area also means they lose 2-3 tables of paying customers, SO many places have opted for no Music, It's an understandable decision.
At my age now 72, and a bit weary of toting heavy PA equipment down to my car, then into the gig, then from gig to the car and back up my stairs to condo.. as strong as i am... it's all just a bit much sometimes... so there's that reality as well!
HOWEVER,. I'm a performer at heart , always have been, always will be and i miss that! There are senior centers to play to etc, etc but I really just want to do a handful of songs and put my all into it and not have the schelping involved.
SO .. yes I have IDEAS cookin .. they will be things on very tiny level and perhaps Freebie gigs... but Im working on some ways to still get to enjoy singing to live audiences again..The other challenges? MY VOICE sucks. Never did get better very much, and my troublesome pitch issues are certainly not better either! , And my guitar callouses?? are now super soft. Singing at home to no one I lose interest in "practicing" in about 20 mins.
BUT STAY TUNED! I've got ideas and Im always excited about life and "re-inventing" myself if need be! MINUTES in life are a gift! SO use em to keep moving forward! LOVE YOU!