Covid and us
So, here I sit, safe and comfortable in my home office in a small NSW coastal village, the nearest known Covid being a few cases hundreds of miles away. But I scan the local and overseas press - NY Times, NPR, BBC, RTÉ - and see horrendous, unthinkable numbers of infections and deaths reported. And then I think of the 1000 odd flutes I’ve made and sent largely overseas, and wonder about their owners in all of this. These are people I may never have met other than via email, but they are still real to me. And then I think of all those I’ve met and played with on my several overseas tours - at festivals, organised events, sessions, in collections, in museums - in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, the US and Canada and again I wonder and worry, how are they getting on? How would I ever know?
Do we have any idea how we - ITM players, folkies, singers, dancers, makers, researchers, etc - are faring in all this? I feel very far away. Perhaps some of you are in a better position to know? Even a few patchy reports would be better than where I am now, knowing nothing.