Rumor Has It
Life Rolls On
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Because the situation regarding music venues is so immediate and concerning, it has garnered the lion’s share of media attention—nationally, regionally, within the pages of this newspaper—when talking about COVID and its aftermath.
While we haven’t quite reached the worldwide sigh of relief known as Life After COVID, every day gets us a millimeter closer. Where we once couldn’t imagine what life would look like in the afterlypse (yes, I made that word up but I’m probably not the only one to do so—even if that word could be considered clever, I’m not that clever), we’re starting to tentatively try and figure it out.
COVID hasn’t only incalculably altered the venue landscape, it has also wrought enormous changes across the ecosystem inhabited by musicians themselves. And without the venues that support them and give them the means by which to bring the fruits of their creative labors to the public, it’s been difficult to get a feel for the lay of that land.
Sure, some musicians have proven to be admirably adept at embracing new technologies and new ways to reach audiences, and examples of that abound within our own community. Anyone with an internet connection could easily have had a year that, while isolated, was also filled with music.
But with band practices curtailed—and nothing to practice for, really, with venues shuttered—it’s been difficult to take the creative temp of this music community and the music community writ large. Typically, as far as musical output goes, we are a busy town that fairly hums with activity. That’s been our gift and I know I’m far from alone when I say that I’ve felt the absence of it keenly.
It hasn’t been wholly absent, however. While I’m certain the past year has caused some musicians to decide on a different path going forward, others have used the time to be productive in ways that are just now coming to light.
What I mean to say is some folks have been making albums, and I love to see—and hear—it.
Recently, I received a most welcome email from one of my favorite local musicians, Teo Crider, with news of a forthcoming Candysound album. The album is called Only at Night I See and it’s official debut is May 7. It’s been four years in the making, and the first single is “Southern Shores.” As with every Candysound effort, the album is just plain pretty. I expect nothing less from Crider, whose music I have been a fan of since he was a literal teenager. He and Candysound only get better with time and age.
I hope Only at Night I See is just the first of the albums that will be the result of this most quiet of years. After so much loss and hardship, we need all the lovely music we can get.