Surprising personal discovery
Today my wife and I joined in our first session in awhile. Okay, it was very small, just us and a really good guitar player who knows the tunes. We played outside and sat apart from the guitarist by 10 feet. We were having such a good time that three hours went by before we even realized it.
Even so, this evening I was motivated to play even more, and now I realize now that our little session earlier today energized me much more than I would have expected. What we played together earlier today was a partial payoff for the many hours spent learning and practicing the tunes.
No doubt, what we love about playing this music is in the sharing of it and collaborating with others. As long as we can do it with an acceptable level of risk, the tradition should be able to continue.
Playing outside and distancing with small numbers of players may be the new normal for awhile for those seeking the lowest-risk scenarios - from my experience, the benefit of doing this may be substantial.