As we bring this second year of the pandemic to a close, we need to celebrate our ability to be together even when we’re distant. My heart stopped when all the virtual singers joined in. This is the new world. I hope that even when we’re able to be together in person again, we won’t stop gathering this way.
[There’s a Mormon bit at the end, so unless you want to see it, stop the video when the piece is done.]
A Facebook Messenger exchange between me and a friend I sang with for years.
You sent29 minutes ago This song just played on my Amazon radio station—it makes me weep a little every time. And I’ve always wanted to sing it with you doing the little harmony parts. Which also makes me weep a little.
E— sent28 minutes ago Singing with other people! Feels like so long ago now.
You sent27 minutes ago One of the more tragic things about this situation. One among many…
Holy cow, October already. And still sheltering in place. The infection rate is currently very low here, but it’s starting to go up again in other places—like Brooklyn, sadly—so we continue to be careful.
The first presidential election debate was Tuesday. It was a total shit-show, with Trump shouting over both Biden and the moderator for the entire hour and a half. And he said some super disturbing things. He refused to commit to telling White supremacists to stop the violence, and he reiterated his threats about not respecting the election process.
I haven’t been able to sleep since then. I still believe that the majority of Americans don’t support him, but there’s definitely a powerful minority who do, and they’re scary people. Given the last election where we went to bed thinking Clinton had won, only to wake up the next morning to President Trump, I’m not counting on anything this time around. And Trump has pulled so many unbelievable stunts since then that there’s no room for certainty about the future.
Whether he wins or not, I’m really afraid of that violent minority and what they’ll do. With the pandemic still raging, too, we’re in for a serious rough patch in America.