We’re all constantly adjusting. And just when you think you’ve gotten used to something in these weird times you have to adjust again. Sigh.
One of the unfortunate adjustments musicians have had to make is to rely on “live” virtual performances. Look, friends, I love to hear music being created on the spot. I appreciate that we have the technology to allow us to perform “live”. But with compromised sound and glitchy images, it’s just not the same.
By the same token, using the technology available to create, mix and produce a music video is a totally different beast. The intent is not to attempt a simulation of live music, but rather to create a recording, which allows enhanced control over sound quality and visual impact than a livestream. It’s meant to stand on its own, a testament to these times.
I’m lucky to have been part of the production of one such video, from concept to completion, which has been under wraps for nearly 5 weeks. Do I wish I could have been in front of all of these musicians in a hall, together, doing our thing? Absolutely. But did I also relish rocking out on keyboards on a crossover orchestra video? Absolutely.
As musicians in post-Covid world we can’t do things the way we usually do, and may not be able to for a long time. So we, like everyone else, are adjusting. And sometimes those adjustments yield something wonderful. I hope you think so too:
What adjustment continues to be difficult for you during this pandemic?
My task: put some new ideas that have been rolling around in my head onto paper, and start enlisting the help and talent I need to put a new project together (done!)