A crazy week now that North America is officially freaking out.
A lot of my adult students have switched to working from home, and all students from preschool to high school are are told to stay home for 3 weeks. In my line of work and in some of yours too - this means teaching music via Skype and cancelling a couple of gigs.
I went to a retirement home that I play at today and didn’t even make it into the building - a lady covered in plastic from head to toe stopped me for screening, gave my paycheque outside and reminded me to hand sanitize again before I leave. Elderly people are the most vulnerable, so they are really scared.
The universities have stopped all classes. They are working on alternative ways to finalize the semester. I have a cousin who’s flying in from the US today because they had to kick all the students out of the dorms. Although plane ticket prices are down by 40%, it also might be more unsafe and costly to go back to Indonesia.
Supermarkets are wiping down carts before giving them to every person who comes through the door. Coffeeshops are switching to paper cups only. Jazz jams and all concerts are canceled. The KW city halls also canceled all cultural and rec activities. Most places that are normally crowded are dead, and it’s really easy now to find parking.
This is the biggest world-wide panic I’ve ever seen in my life. We’re more overwhelmed than we were during the SARS, swine flu, and aviation flu.
So let’s collectively keep calm. Minimize contact from crowds- but don’t drown yourself in paranoia at home. Start by doing some things you normally wouldn’t have the time to do.
Let’s make the most out of this sh***y situation and share toilet paper.
Because it is uncertain as to when, but this too will pass. Historically speaking.
And then you will have too many rolls 🧻 to wipe your behind with.
My concerts are cancelled, yes - except the one being at the end of April (details in the bio). Let’s monitor the situation for now!
Until then, I’ll see you online. I’m looking forward to posting the next piano video 🎹🌹