Mail is pouring in at Slippedisc Towers from innumerable readers who are sharing their experiences of loss in these isolated times.
What are they missing most? Obviously, musicians are miss rehearsal, performance and audiences. Music, theatre and ballet are the sociable arts. Writers and painters are fairly accustomed to isolation. Maestros don’t know what to do on their own, except sleep.
What are audiences missing? To judge by our mailbag, the ritual of concertgoing, seeing the same faces in the same places, sharing a common life-enhancing convocation.
What is the music business missing? Everything. No cash-flow, no security, not much future direction.
Beyond these crippling deprivations, we’re seeing signs of shortening attention spans.
One home-based video might go wildly viral, but the next one won’t. A cute idea might catch the moment, but it will be gone by afternoon.
We’re looking to be surprised, but we don’t know how to build on an intriguing sensation.
We’re looking for guidance, but who can we trust?
This is a short sample of impressions of the first two weeks from the thousands of comments that reach us.
Feel free to add more.