Rumor Has It

One Strange Summer

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

I can’t keep writing about how the world has gone upside down because every time I do, it goes more upside downer so I’m just going to wait until we’ve gotten everything out of our system and assess things then.

By the way, has anyone read the Book of Revelations lately? I kind of want to know where we’re at in terms of the Rapture. (Is that even a Book of Revelations thing? I sort of tapped out of Bible study before we got there.) Since I don’t expect to be Raptured given my heathenness, I need to know how much time I have before I’m called upon to help repopulate the Earth because that seems like a big job and I’m pretty sure I’m not qualified.

In other non-music-related matters, I just have to say that people in this area have done an excellent job coming together and standing up for what we value in a peaceful manner (this is not me condemning protest movements elsewhere—I believe radical action is sometimes necessary to bring about radical change). And now that you’ve done all of this coming together, I believe it to be pertinent to inform you that anyone can get a drive-thru COVID test in Skagit County. You need not be a Skagit resident to avail yourself of testing. Get after it. I’d like Phase 2 to become Phase 3 rather than regressing to Phase 1 again.

Recent events have also brought home another fact of our COVID existence, and yes, I’m about to sing a familiar song.

I miss our music venues.

It is not lost on me that with all of our venues closed, we’re also missing a prime outlet for raising both funds and awareness. It’s no secret that the Bellingham charitable economy is benefit-based. There is also no doubt in my mind that if venues such as the Wild Buffalo, Shakedown, and Firefly (pour one out) were open and operating, they’d be deep in planning fundraisers, silent auctions and other means by which to provide direct support to organizations that could really use that right now.

It’s also not lost on me that with such big, overarching issues consuming our minds, hearts and wallets right now that saving our music venues has taken a backseat. That’s understandable. However, I’d like us to be mindful of the fact that in the fight for justice of all kinds for all people, our venues are powerful voices and important allies in that effort. We could use those voices and that energy right now.

Past Columns
Of Falafel and the Future

August 5, 2020

Reign of Payne Returns

July 22, 2020

It’s Tinga Time!

July 8, 2020

A Trickle of Tunes

June 24, 2020

COVID Chronicles

May 27, 2020

Pandemic Problems

May 13, 2020

A Bummer Summer

April 29, 2020

The Show Goes On

April 15, 2020

My Pandemic Diary

April 7, 2020

We’re Baaaaack

April 1, 2020

Strange Days

March 25, 2020

Making it through

March 18, 2020

Pandemic Panic

March 11, 2020

You’ve got mail

March 4, 2020

Of bongos and backwards balls

February 26, 2020

Drink it up

February 19, 2020

Apologies in Advance

February 12, 2020

All-Ages Action

February 5, 2020

Music at the Movies

January 29, 2020

Hot in Herre

January 22, 2020