A quick scroll through social media this morning found a friend posting about “finally feeling some normalcy again,” a more and more common sentiment I’ve been noticing about our musical world. Show’s being played, togetherness, and the feeling of getting back on track. Unfortunately, when I see the pictures and read the comments, nothing about this feels anywhere close to normal.
Normal is not bands, crew, venues, staff, and countless other people involved risking their lives just to pay a bill and put food on the table. We have extremely limited help and resources available to us and to some this is our only chance of survival, to risk our own health and mortality.
Normal is not texting and calling me at all hours wondering if they made a mistake by doing the show. Wondering if they shouldn’t go home. That their boss is asking them to not post any pictures showing that no one social distanced at the show or that the band was out taking pictures and shots. We know the results of these actions, friends in this industry have died because of these actions. That’s just fact.
Normal is not arguing about BLM and wearing a mask. Decency has been lost to selfishness, and the few fighting for it are outweighed by the many being inconvenienced.
Normal is not the world we’re currently in and won’t be for a long time, but we must keep pushing forward. Working together. Shows are happening because the alternative for some is starving and homelessness. Instead of going to a show to “feel normal again,” maybe go to a show because personally you have the ability to and want to lend support; just please be aware of what the cost of doing all this truly is to all involved. Social distance. Wear a mask. Prevent others from feeling uncomfortable for the sake of your own “normalcy.” None of us know where another person is coming from, both literally and internally.
We’re all in this together, and maybe one day we can find a new normal.