Since 2020 was a year like no other, 2021 cannot help but also be completely unique. Looking back, the first two months of 2020 were probably the busiest January and February I’ve ever had in my career – the usual weekly gigs topped of with a great variety of one-offs at various music venues throughout the region. That all stopped rather abruptly in March.
Now it’s 2021 and I’m sitting through the slowest January and February I’ve had in almost 20 years. Yes, I have had a couple gigs, and more are coming, basically a former week’s worth of shows scattered over the next 6 months. And like many of you, I’ve had to “pivot,” not to a completely different job, but to a different way of doing what I’ve been doing for most of my life. Instead of leaving the house multiple times a week, loading up the van, driving minutes or hours to someplace where I spend and hour setting up, 2-3 hours playing, another hour tearing down, then driving home to plan how to do the same thing the next day.
So my pivot is to embrace Livestreaming. I had livestreamed a few gigs prior to the covid lockdown, but when that happened I realized I had to up my game.
So my stream game has improved over the year as I performed via facebook from my living room, but during that time I have also been working on building a dedicated studio for livestreaming. A new computer with increased graphics processing will be the technical heart of the undertaking, but I also plan to have room to not only show off a few of my other keyboards, but also be able to have guests to join me.
I hope you can join me, too. I usually play Sunday afternoons, just check out facebook.com/jtblues to enjoy some piano playing and singing.