Rumor Has It
Signs of Life
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Like everyone else that is part of this music community, I’ve been wondering what life post-COVID—or post-vaccination, to put a more accurate point on it—is going to look like. For the past year, I’ve been so focused on the hardships our venues are under that I’ve barely even thought about the afterlife.
No, not that afterlife. The life that comes after.
However, other people have certainly been considering how to make our music scene work when the pandemic loosens its grip on society and leaving the house feels less foolhardy.
I admire those big thinkers. Not because they dare to dream big dreams, but more because from what I’ve seen, they’ve entered the sometime-in-the-future planning stage slowly and considerately, putting safety first while acknowledging that there just might be a way to pull off something akin to a live show—even if it still has to be livestreamed for the time being.
Of course, it is always good to acknowledge the folks who never stopped making music this whole time, whether it’s being streamed from a professional locale such as Ft. Blanket Studios or Subdued Studios, a slightly more homey spot like Robert Blake’s kitchen table, Havilah’s living room or the mysterious curtained room where Chuck Dingee plays, or even happening al fresco like Pace Rubadeau’s trumpet concerts or the impromptu sounds of my favorite Saxophone Guy wafting up from Boulevard Park.
All of it is reassurance that our music scene has not fallen victim to COVID, it’s just become a little quieter and more sporadic. I have no doubt it will one day be robust again, even if it takes a minute to get there.
Someone else who has not stopped making music for as much as a minute is Stanwood singer Savanna Woods. She’s been livestreaming at least twice a week, first on Facebook and more recently on her Patreon page. She’s been singing—and writing songs—since she was a literal toddler, and has traveled all over the world, performing as she goes. And while there have been no silver linings to the pandemic life, Woods did vow to make 2020 the year in which she focused on her solo career and building her online audience—and our current state of limited mobility has given her both the time to focus on those goals as well as a captive and music-starved audience to play for.
That audience is about to grow exponentially. Woods landed an audition on the current season of the Voice, which kicked off Mon., March 1 on NBC. Like everything having to do with the show, Woods’ appearance is shrouded in secrecy. However, by the time you read this, all may be revealed. If not, tune in and root her on. It’s not like we’ve got anywhere better to go these days.