This SHORT edition is very limited, to let you know about the "now." Okay, we'll also include a bit about today in previous times, but even that is a quickie version.
Much of the content of our latest massive edition (it immediately precedes this one) is still very applicable today, this week -- and on into the season of the shut down, however long it persists. So schedule time to go there and see about all that.
Right now, jump into this lil' piece of each of us helping all of us cope with pan-demi-ca-monium...
THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...
"The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal."
~ Erich Fromm, psychoanalyst and author (born Mar 23, 1900, died 1980)
"Stay at Home Music Festival" review...
We hope you got to see some of the "Stay at Home Music Festival" over the weekend. Lots of truly outstanding performances from artists' apartments and living rooms.
We did all we could to help promote, we contributed, and we heartily and humbly congratulate the organizers on pulling it off.
There were incredibly talented fiddle, banjo, bouzouki players from the US and Europe, fiery calypso players and dancers and guitarists from Spain, musicians who put down their instruments to dance, soaring vocals worthy of Carnegie Hall, and all of it from indies who had been booked to play festivals (that didn't happen) or were depending on upcoming concert tours.
The cyber festival is dividing among the participating artists -- and no one else -- all the money raised by the event. (You can still kick-in a few bucks, at stayathomefestival.com)
It closed with a crazy-man solo show on his standup bass from the travel trailer where he lives, with rain pounding the outside. He was as wild as Robin Williams. One of his compositions? Death-metal gutteral-yelling vocal while spinning his giant bass-on-fire, belting-out, "Bore-o-nah virus! Bore-o-nah virus! I'm BORED! I'm BORED!" Can't say you expected that, now can ya?
Neil Diamond came out of retirement to do a remake video of "Sweet Caroline."
As in --
"Hands.... washing hands... reaching out... don't touch me... I won't touch yooooou... sweet Caroline, bump-bump-bahh..."
Handel’s "Messiah" anniversary...
Today in 1743, George Frideric Handel’s oratorio "Messiah" had its London premiere. Now, here's a great historical tidbit from Garrison Keillor: "During the famous Hallelujah Chorus, King George II was so moved by the music that he involuntarily rose from his seat. The audience, out of respect for the king, also stood up. Ever since, it has been a tradition that the audience rises during the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus."
LIVE MUSIC WEBCASTS -- TWO TONIGHT
Mon, Mar 23:
All day - DON GIOVANNI RECORDS, a New Jersey-based label, is hosting an all-day, online event FEATURING 20 ARTISTS from across their robust roster. It's on Instagram, at @dongiovannirecords
* Hunt around, because it's probably on other platforms, too.
Mon, Mar 23:
6 pm Pacific - ALBERT & GAGE, a festival fave, who are (usually) constantly touring as an acoustic duo, is Chris Gage and Christine Albert, tonight playing an online concert from the MoonHouse in Austin Texas.
* Live on Facebook at 8 pm CST / 6 Pacific.
* With the grand piano from the safety and comfort of their home, they're calling it "Monday Night Not at Donn's Depot." Which makes sense if you your Austin venues.
* You DO NOT NEED TO HAVE a Facebook account to see the stream.
* It's at: www.facebook.com/chrisgageaustin
* The two musicians tell us, "We're sharing donations with the Monday bartenders at Donn's Depot!"
* Contribute via PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org Venmo: @Chris-Gage-10
Tonight's Music on tv...
Mon, Mar 23:
9 pm-10 pm - MARC COHN and BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA perform from "THE KATE" in the 2019 season opener (s4, ep1). Repeats 3-4 am. On KLCS.
Mon, Mar 23:
10 pm-11 pm - "CHILDSPLAY: A STORY OF FIDDLERS" is a 2014 concert and profile of the uber-talented fiddle choir from the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, MA. Repeats 4-5 am. On KLCS.
Mon, Mar 23:
12:30 am-2:30 am - "NAT KING COLE: AHEAD OF THE..." (2014) is a music biopic starring Casey Cole and George Benson in a candid account of the "fairy tale life" of the man who became a true icon, using never-before-seen archive footage and exclusive interviews. On Ovation.
3 FREE WEBINARS THIS WEEK: Tue-Wed-Thu
All are offered FREE by HutDogs, based in the San Gabriel Valley. Ostensibly these are about "helping your business." But artists/ musicians are their own small businesses, and we know from experience these sessions are very worthwhile.
Tue, Mar 24:
9 am Pacific - "THE NEW NORMAL: TOOLS AND IDEAS TO HELP." This will look at the tools that are helping us stay connected while we are safe at home. Zoom, webinars and social media. Register at: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EE54DF8985483B
Wed, Mar 25:
7:30 am Pacific - "B4B ONLINE THINK TANK WITH JOAN DeSOUZA (Hosted by HUTdogs)." The B4B format is an exciting and insightful networking opportunity and a great way to help others. Joan DeSouza offers B4B Think Tank to bring businesses together every month in Pasadena. Each month, there is someone signed up to be in the "Hot Seat" and attendees brainstorm to help that person with a business concern or challenge they are facing. Instead of cancelling the important meeting due to the Coronavirus, HUTdogs has offered to help B4B do their meeting on-line this month. You can "attend," too. Register at: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EE53D880864831
Thu, Mar 26:
9 am Pacific - "THE NEW NORMAL: LOOK FOR THE HELPERS." This looks at what some businesses are doing to help during these uncertain times. Hotdogs says, "Instead of isolation and worry, we want to facilitate connection knowledge and support. See you online!" Register at: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EE54DF89864F3C
TUESDAY MORNING event trio...
Noon (Pacific) - TRACY GRAMMER & JIM HENRY "sitting a comfortable six feet apart," live-stream a #stayhome concert for you from Jim's studio in Shutesbury, Mass. Tracy says, "We plan to play for an hour."
* Join them and their global audience on YouTube, at:
* The show, says Tracy, "is offered for free but we do invite you to contribute if you can. We will use my PayPal 'tip jar' here; whatever comes in between now and midnight 3/24 will be split evenly between us. We thank you so much, and look forward to 'seeing' you online!"
9 am Pacific - "LIVE AT 5 WITH MICHAUT/PERKINS" from Denmark, where our 9 am is their 5 pm.
* It's the international acoustic duo of BRETT PERKINS, who launched his music career in Southern Cal, and MAGALI MICHAUT, a singer-songwriter from France.
* This is a new live performance series available daily on the Magali Michaut Music page on Facebook at: https://m.facebook.com/MagaliMichautMusic/
GRAB-'N-GO ART PROJECT FOR KIDS
If you have out-of-school short people driving you crazy and you're anywhere near Fullerton, here's something for you.
The MUCKENTHALER CULTURAL CENTER is offering FREE "grab and go" "Muck Art Project Kit for your kids."
Every Tuesday morning through the lockdown -- starting tomorrow -- if you're the parent of a child who is housebound and bored, they have their first "something" for you.
From 10 am to 1 pm, they will have a drive-in/drive-out kiosk in the parking lot where you can pick yours up.
They're located at 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, CA 92833.
"The plan," they tell us, "was to have a new project each week, designed by Muck master artists Marsha Judd and Willie Tabata, constructed by community volunteers from CSUF, with partial underwriting from their CICE program and with additional support from 'Giving Children Hope.' But this situation is changing day by day, so no promises about future giveaways."
They hasten to add, "We have taken every precaution we can think of to make this as safe as possible:
1. The kits were made days in advance so the virus wouldn't still be living on any surface.
2. Tuesday morning, all personnel, whether they touch the kits or not will be wearing gloves.
3. The kits will be left on a table for you to pick up, NOT handed to you.
4. People helping with this project will have a table separating them from your car window—they will be six feet away."
No small fry, but you're stressed? The Muck says, "If you need the fresh air, we don't want to claim we invented it, but our grounds are open for a relaxing, refreshing walk. On some days we plan to have a piano somewhere on the grounds to be played... and heard... from a distance. We'll keep a bottle of hand sanitizer there as well and ask that you use it before and after you play."
Finally, they add, "We'll also do our best to keep entertaining you with some 'original content.' For instance, we have been experimenting with ways for both performers and audience to stay safe during live entertainment."
For their first time out, here's a video of "a prototype of a very elaborate, high tech solution we're working on combining the knowledge of NASA and Cal Tech, with the music of Jim Croce. We think we are on to something big here."
It's cute satire, at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=j9jI-Zx588k
Like it? Want more? They you need to tell them. They say, "Please reply and let us know if you'd like to see round two of the experiments next week."
Their email is: info@TheMuck.org
We'll let you know what else they come up with.
More soon, as we get to and through it. Which is pretty much the way it is for all of us these days.
features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight,
and strings tuned.
Find a comfortable spot by the
wood stove -- you'll prob'ly need to
grab the cards for solitaire, since you
can't have somebody over for a round
of checkers. But we'll be along...
directly, from a safe social distance.
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"
COVID-19 Coronavirus PRACTICAL PRECAUTIONS
(good for avoiding the "regular" flu & colds, too)
• Coronavirus lives on inorganic surfaces anywhere from two hours to NINE DAYS; it all seems dependent on temperature, unless it is killed by disinfectant. When tests revealed that, even health care workers were surprised. It brings more emphasis to many of the following points.
• Stop shaking hands. Don't do "fist bumps" because that's still hand-to-hand contact. And don't become a mad elbow-bumper, because of the next point.
• Cough into the inside of your elbow, ANY TIME you cough.
• Make your own hand sanitizer if the stores are out. Formula, from a doctor who makes it with her kids: two parts isopropyl alcohol (drugstore alcohol, at least 70% alcohol), one part aloe vera gel, a dash of any essential oil. Works just ss well as store bought stuff.
• Don't be a transporter. Immediately remove shoes inside your front door and change clothes when you get home. Don't plunk-down on the couch until you shed what you were wearing at work or in the store or on the bus or in the coffee bar. Stop tracking everything from the sidewalk onto your kitchen and bathroom floors and your rug.
• Be mindful of your car. Everything you touch, everywhere, is on your steering wheel. Everywhere you sit is on your car seat. Keep 'em disinfected -- Clorox wipe the wheel, Lysol spray the seats, often.
• Everything you wear goes in the hamper. No multi-day wearings between washings.
• Don't buy-up all tbe masks that medical responders need. Nearly all the masks in the stores are Dust Masks, made to keep carpenters and other tradesmen from inhaling sawdust. Expecting those to protect you from tiny viruses is like trying to filter water with a tennis racket. Plus, wearing masks everywhere is not a good idea -- without training and lots of practice, you'll contaminate the thing and then breathe a stewpot of microorganisms up-close and personal.
~ gas pump handles -- whatever was deposited on them is now on your steering wheel, and marinading on your hands as you snack while driving.
~ airline & train tray tables -- who knows when they were last cleaned and to what extent? When we saw a baby being changed on one... (bring a little plastic box of Clorox wipes when you travel).
~ bring your own food on the airplane -- you're probably doing that, anyway, since they stopped feeding you back when they started charging for carry-on luggage and made you ride with your knees in your armpits. Flight attendants have tested positive -- their hands pour drinks, dispense snacks, and pick-up everybody's garbage.
Read AND SHARE The Guide's complete feature story on the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the edition at: https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2020/02/leap-day-weekend-leaping-into.html