It’s going to be ok.
We are a resilient species. We adapt. We normalize and return to baseline quickly after life-altering moments like this.
What you have been working towards for 6 months or more has been erased in 24 hours as tours and events are canceled. It’s devastating emotionally and financially. It’s totally ok to feel distraught, angry, depressed, and that publically pushing your own musical agenda feels out of place and lacks sensitivity.
But be mindful in moments like this as the impulse is to get small, to cut back, to pull the plug on all your plans. The fear-based narrative you write and chose to let run wild in your mind right now is worth observing and held in check.
When people get lost in the woods, which they never anticipate or prepare for, they often make rash decisions because they feel anxious which worsens the situation. Panic leads to time-wasting and bad decisions. Do you know what the primary advice is for people in these moments of panic?
Take a deep breath, sit down, and calm yourself. After you sit down and calm yourself…think. After sitting, calming yourself, and thinking…act and get moving.
No matter the circumstances, there is one thing you should never throttle back on, and that is creating. In fact, because of these current circumstances, you should lean into what you do best. As parts of our world and our daily routines go on pause, this creates an opening. An opening to reflect, to refocus, to prioritize, to streamline & simplify, to get resourceful, to get your head out of the sand, to be grateful for your health, and to meet your fears head-on using your inherent artistic skills to create.
These are the moments that all the practice and musical training prepared you for. Artists are the curators to the soundtrack of our lives. Your music settles us, drives us, inspires us. We need you now more than ever. Don’t get smaller, don’t cut back.
Create, and do so unapologetically. Let your creations be a source of emotional steadiness for us all. An unmovable oak amidst the storm. Be an escape, a light, a release, a rebellion— whatever, we need it all.
Take a moment to feel bad for yourself and others, to be scared, and then let's get back to the work at hand.
We need you. Let's go.