Life in the Future
Welcome your new overlords
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
We live in the future now. Sure, maybe you thought it was 2020 not long ago, a time when people met for after-work drinks and wandered the streets in packs and had, you know, weddings and funerals in person with other people who were also in person, but that was then and this is now.
Back in 2020, we went to watch live music in actual music venues. We congregated with our friends, we drank, we danced, we sang along—it was a whole thing. An entire music scene was built around this activity. It employed people and entertained people and made them happy.
That’s not how we do things in the future.
In the future, we don’t leave our houses. It’s dangerous outside, and we can only increase the danger to ourselves and to others by wandering freely. Oh sure, we’re allowed out to add to our ever-growing stockpiles of toilet paper, the future’s most precious commodity. But by and large, living as we once did is not allowed. There are penalties, of both the legal and social variety.
Here in our more advanced time—which doesn’t seem all that advanced, but that’s how progress works, I guess—we take in our musical entertainment and education the same way we do everything else: via screens. It’s really the best way. All of that pesky human interaction was messy. And while messy can be fun and inspiring and lead to great things, sterile is where it’s at. Screens are the future, and the future is now.
Some of our local musicians have embraced the challenge of our new future and have adapted to it using the wonders of modern technology. They’re offering lessons and livestreams, and it probably behooves us to donate to them because they will no doubt soon be our overlords.
One of the first to make the big adjustment was Dave Lyon, who, if you’ve ever seen the Walrus play—and we’ve all seen the Walrus at some point or another—will appear mighty familiar. Dave is a full-time music teacher, specializing in guitar, bass and the ukulele, and he’s already begun teaching all 35 of his music students online. He’s also posting videos of himself in what he’s dubbed “performance mode,” so you can admire and emulate his killer technique. His teaching resume is as wide as it is deep, so if you’ve got some time on your hands—and in the future we’ve got nothing but time—it might be time to spruce up your skills or acquire new ones. He can be reached at 360-224-4902. Note to parents: Dave has a lot of experience instructing kids, if you happen to have a few of those underfoot right now.
Not to be outdone, his Walrus bandmate Chuck Dingee—or Chuck D, as I often call him whether he likes it or not—is also taking his smooth voice, colorful shirts and musical stylings online. He’ll play a short concert—more EP-length than full-length—at 6pm every evening. Find him on Facebook and tune in. There’s a link to donate, but Chuck D is a community-minded fellow and if you’d like to donate to charity instead, that’s fine by him.
In our past life, Havilah Rand did a brisk business teaching lessons and playing shows in person, but here in the future, there’s no money in that. So she too is working to transform her former business into a virtual one. She’s been livestreaming from her house here and there (find her on Facebook to tune in) and is hatching grand plans to do online voice coaching. She charges $25 for 30 minutes and her website, http://www.havilahmusic.com, has more info. She’s another instructor who can take your children off your hands for a spell, virtually speaking.
Before we became a full-screen society, Louis Ledford was launching a new album into the world. He planned to do so in the traditional way, with release shows that we, his friends, fans and the general public, were welcome to attend. That’s not how albums are birthed into the world in our new, possibly not improved era, and since we do not wish him to die, adapt he must. So he has, and because he’s “so home that he couldn’t be anymore home” (I see you all now nodding in agreement), he’s playing a pair of concerts at 12pm and 7pm on Fri., March 27. Having solved the mysteries of both Venmo and PayPal, you will be able to tip him for his considerable efforts.
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