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Pg 10 • MAY 2020 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC.


BIG Spring Guide #3 SONOMA COUNTY’s Musical Notes by Shekeyna Black ~ shekeyna@gmail.com


Sonoma County, CA. ~ Bird song is preva- lent and more audible as the humans continue to Shelter in Place.


Collectively gob- smacked, humanity is quickly adapting to life at a near standstill. Musicians, ever the Troubadours; translate emotions into sound, evoking memories of life as we once knew it and how the post-pandemic world might be. Venues remained


closed. California’s Gov-


ernor recently stated that concerts are unlikely to “return this summer” due to the seriousness of the health crisis. The month of May, typically marks the beginning of the out- door festival season; now the only sere- nade will be that of the crickets. Musicians are a re- silient lot. Currently, with the situation of physical distancing, there have


been


an uptick in musi- cal performances online both as solo projects as well as collaborations via remote communica- tion. Creatives have found their muse by ruminating on the commonality of isola- tion while helping keep the community together through song. Sonoma County


Musicians From the Guys in the White Hats...


LiveStream Community on Facebook “is a dedi- cated space for Sonoma County and Northern California musicians to host their live stream concerts and gigs and


audiences someday.” Additionally, she adds, “Some people are learn- ing new recording tech- nology; which, could be considered a positive.” A plethora of quality videos exist online featur- ing musicians and dancers from


around


the world. Chal- lenge yourself to explore mu- sic from various countries and genres. Take a deep dive into exploring World Music. Learn about handmade in- struments from


for local music fans to donate and tip musi- cians during this nation- wide crisis.” Sharing her experi-


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ence as a working musi- cian and music teacher, Sonoma County resi- dent, Rae Rae Millard explains how it is man- aging exclusively online, “I am teaching private trombone lessons. I can’t say that shelter in place has positively im- pacted my lessons, but my lessons have sure positively impacted my shelter in place! It’s so nice to see my students. As far as my playing, my vow to keep practicing is an act of hope that I’ll be able to perform for live


another land. Right be- fore the pandemic hit the United States, I heard an interview on Bay Area’s KPFA radio with Ian Brennan who authored the book, “Silenced By Sound,” which I ordered through local bookstore, Copperfield’s in an effort to support small busi- nesses. Brennan writes,


“The reality is that music is within us all. We carry it everywhere we go: stamped in our vocal cords, palms (snare drum), and heels (bass drum).”


Long Live the MUSIC!


Some Good News About The


Coronavirus


Pandemic Cambridge, MA. ~ Rob- ert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publish- ing in Cambridge, Mas- sachusetts stated, “Most people with COVID-19 recover. Estimates now suggest that 99% of people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 will recover. Some people have no symptoms at all. And while thousands of peo- ple have died, the over- all death rate is about 1% (or perhaps even lower), far


less than


MERS (about 34%), SARS (about 11%), or Ebola (90%), though higher than the aver- age seasonal flu (0.1%). The loss of life related to this illness is terrible and far more cases are expected, but based on the fatality rates alone, it could be far worse.” Although there is re- ally not good news about the pandemic, Upbeat Times is attempting to publish the brighter side of the situation at hand. ~ P.A.D.


Music gives a soul to the


universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to


everything.” Plato


“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” ~ George Eliot


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