Playing sessions with my flute at this time and keeping everyone safe.
I recently returned to my local session after a long absence due to the pandemic. It’s been my choice to not play *earlier* because there was no vaccine and the health risk, transmission, fluctuations in local cases and unknowns about a novel virus it seemed best to be patient & wait for things to improve.
We all know what happened next. Different vaccines were available and everyone in my local session got jabbed. New cases were decreasing, guidelines and gatherings were becoming less restrictive and I went to my local session. Great! Right?
Not exactly. The all clear sign was temporary. I think everyone on the board knows by now the virus is still with us and it’s making me want to find a way to resolve the uncertainty I’m feeling about doing what we all want to do; play tunes with other people in person and live to play another day.
I always say, "Health to the company!" This one has no easy answer. But this music has faced tough situations before. My local session has lost 4 members (pre-covid) in 20+ years. I trust we are resilient enough to keep playing into the future. I’m learning to not take anything for granted.
I don’t know a damn thing about the future. Right now I would appreciate hearing how everyone is coping in your local session. Zooming, smaller sessions, playing outdoors, etc. I’m a survivor. Remarkably I’m coping very well and my love for Irish music gets better everyday. How about you?
Thanks in advance,