EDITOR’S NOTE (2 June 2020): I am adding some resources for #Blackout Tuesday. I love the idea of raising awareness and showing your support for PoC via social media. However, this is not a one day fight. For this to work, we have to do things. Post that you did them. Don’t post. I don’t care! Just do them. FIND RESOURCES HERE.
I am having difficulty eloquently conveying my thoughts or expressing them with enough gravitas during this time in the U.S. Additionally, I am white and don’t really want to speak over PoC voices.
George Floyd, a black man who was unemployed as a result of COVID-19, was murdered by a police officer as other police officers looked on. All over a counterfeit $20 bill. He cried out for his mama as he died. If that doesn’t make you think something has to change, I can pull a list of thousands of other people who have been murdered by current and former police.
No one– whether they are good, bad, a criminal, a saint, or otherwise– should receive a death sentence at the hands of the police. End of the story.
Could you be black in America? I don’t think many of us that aren’t would last long at all.
This conversation should be a mic drop. America has played this game of dominoes with black Americans for 400 years, and no one should be shocked or surprised this is occurring. There will be many innocent bystanders, and I hope people will consider that a lot of the rioting and looting is at the hands of outside actors, possibly actors who are against the main cause. Don’t take it out on People of Color. Take it out on who you vote for as they are ultimately the ones that can fix this.
Legislative action came swiftly after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the riots that followed. Unfortunately, I don’t think we can expect that level of action as we have a large Christmas ham and goons in office. But this will be a time for great patience, withholding of judgement, and sympathy as we push forward to lend a hand to friends who need support most right now.
Budos Band- This has been tentatively moved to September. I wasn’t originally going to be able to go to this because of my trip to Japan. Well, unfortunately my trip to Japan also got cancelled. The silver lining is that this show got moved to a time when I can now see it (hopefully). Fingers crossed that things will improve by that time.
Hinterland Festival-I recently got an email saying Hinterland is still on, but I am most worried about this show. I mainly feel that I have mentally aged out of most festivals at this point. However, I was looking for to camping and the general vibe of this fest. Fingers crossed, but I’m feelin’ like it’s gonna be a no.
Faith No More and Rammstein- TBD. I just don’t know what the world will be like in September.
Nick Cave- TBD.
My pity party aside, please do not misunderstand: I think it is much more important for everyone to stay inside for as long as it takes, the government to do more, and have an organized plan for this time and reentry.
While my planned adventures have waned, I have been continuing my adventures in a mundane fashion within a 4 mile radius:
I went running and saw this cool mural.
I went running in the rain, and it looked like I peed my pants.
I went running and wore these great socks.
Honestly, that’s about it. The little escapes and things continue to be everything as I am not great at being positive at the moment, and as I believe negativity is toxic, I am trying to improve on this and some habits. Ever a work in progress.
Here is a one of my favorite songs for times I’m processing but time still passes. Also it’s just a damn good song.
“Seasons (Waiting On You)” by Future Islands
I will be retuning more soon with Vinyl Days and other musings. I’ve been in the weeds with work, school, some freelance stuff, as well as caring for my mental health (a constant!).
It seems that things, while still absurd, have gotten a bit too heavy lately. And, it is good to step away from the heaviness, no matter how serious it is.
Even legends like John Prine stepped away from heavier songs about social commentary to record songs like “Whistle & Fish”, a song that’s most simple message is about gratitude and not taking anything too seriously.
Fish and whistle, whistle and fish,
Eat everything that they put on your dish,
When we get through we’ll make a big wish,
That we never have to do this again, again? again?
When we’re used to going so fast, how do we lighten up?
During these times, I’ve appreciated the funny or simple things I notice on my runs more because, well, I ain’t got nothin’ but time. I’ve enjoyed “hanging out” with my South Side Hit Pen mates a lot. There are more home-cooked meals. More reading. More music. Less ruminating. It is a cliche, but it has made me want a different kind of life and have the time flesh out what kind of life that might be.
While the world seems like it might be coming apart, it is a quiet time and there is much to behold, and I am in awe of how quickly things that societal paragons and powerhouses crumble without us all to keep it afloat. The phrase “tiny but mighty” is more true now than ever. I am reveling in my smallness and appreciating the small delights.
We cannot control much right now, and it is important to maintain a lightness of being and sense of humor in this time like our dear friend John Prine. Stay well, friends.