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:

Watch for Pinkerton!

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!)

4 thoughts on “Adjusting

  1. Dear Maestra,
    Pinkerton was just perfect. I would give him a doggy award for best performance in a cameo. Bravo for all of the performers. It was pretty well done. So many Talents. A live performance before covid-19 was for sure a much different experience even if this amazing video was awesome. We must adapt to the present situation.
    The adjustment that I continue to feel difficult to handle during this pandemic is the elders (mostly 70+) who passed away of covid-19. In Québec since January 2020 nurses can fill out death certificates. We have a special i Phone with React (a computer program developed in Montréal with a secured line (probably a vpn and/or something else). We do home visits at two. We have to wear a gound, a pair of special goggle, a mask and gloves. We fill the form. We take pictures. We send it to the Dr on call who can countersign at distance. That’s paperwork.
    That being said it is all about compassion toward human beings and seeing so many death put you in a kind of state of shock. It’s human to admit it and we live it at different degree from one person to another one.
    Dr Joanne Liu who is a paediatrician at Ste-Justine hospital in Montréal was also the former director of Médecins sans frontières (Doctors without borders). She had to deal with the ebola crisis in west Africa last year. She said that patient or family might forget what you said or did but will never forget how you treated them or their relatives. She was meaning that the people over there couldn’t even give the regular funerals to their loved ones. They were mad at the Dr even if they understood that the ebola virus was the responsible (the corpse were still highly contagious after death). Dr Liu said it was a reminder about letting families mourn their lost, let them have the best contact with their loved ones and let them give the funerals to their loved ones before the farewells.
    Tomorrow in Québec premier’s François Legault will put down the Québec’s flag at the National Assembly in Québec city in memory of these people who help to build the province and our country Canada. Some other provinces decided to do so. Viruses don’t mind about languages, religions, professions,… May they all RIP.
    Note: sorry for my typos Maestra. I always re-read myself 2-3 times before pressing on send but sometimes I realize I make some grammatical and/or orthograph mistakes. I try to make some short sentences knowing it is not my mother tongue. I still do make mistakes in French, though.


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