IN THIS (PANDEMIC) TIME
Dance Song (for the End of the World) : A COVID Quarantine Special CONTENTS
- INTRO: Musicians Meet The Audience Behind the Screen
- PLAYLIST: Three songs on YouTube
IN THIS (PANDEMIC) TIME is a Kurated series informed by COVID-19.
MUSICIANS FIND AN AUDIENCE BEHIND THE SCREEN
Musicians around the world have been finding ways to keep performing music for audiences who are mostly sitting in front of an electronic screen.
The COVID-19 crisis means live performance is off the agenda except for the rare busker or people singing off the front porch.
That leaves concerts from home or individual artists recording in different locations and mixing the results into one recording for broadcast wherever an outlet can be found.
Rock For Relief
Last night CHEK TV broadcast Rock for Relief: A Living Room Concert for Vancouver Island on TV and online. The show featured a host of BC performers including David Foster and Randy Bachman banding together to raise funds for islanders in need because of shut down businesses and evaporated jobs. All of the performers recorded in self-isolated settings ranging from their cars to the kitchen.
Meanwhile NPR’s renowned Tiny Desk Concerts are all being broadcast from artists’ homes with results as mixed as the acoustics, recording abilities and equipment allow. Norah Jones has been doing a series of intimate short sets from her piano room at home in Brooklyn raising money for charity and anticipating the May release of her new album. The four members of Toronto’s Barenaked Ladies have been recording regular SelfieCamJams from their individual locations. And lots more. Check out your go-to online resources.
Most Creative Presentation Of The Week
However, honours for standout presentation I saw this week belong to Los Angeles swing band Lizzy and the Triggermen. This ten-piece recorded their original Dance Song (For The End of the World) and invited people from six continents and 15 countries to video themselves dancing to the tune at home. Self isolation can certainly squeeze out some fun and creativity. See the results for yourself!
• Thanks to Kurated reader and friend Marc Allain for sharing this video.
18 April 2020