Staying at Home – What’s Your Plan ?

This space is usually reserved for the Weekly Live Music “HOT SPOTS” but, with no live music scene to talk about, we need to divert our attention to what we can do to support the local music scene. Once live music returns to the venues throughout the valley, the “HOT SPOTS” will return to it’s normal Thursday spot.

Let’s face it, nothing about “Stay at Home” is fun. Sure, we can all find something to do for some of the time but, what do we do for the rest of the time ? There are only so many TV shows to binge watch or “live from home” performances we can tune in to before it gets old. There are games and challenges and puzzles all over social media to occupy our time. My news feed is flooded with name 10 bands you’ve seen, jobs you’ve had, celebrities you’ve met, math equations to solve and many more. I’m sure yours is, too. They may occupy your time but, how productive are they ? I would like to throw a challenge out to you that will, hopefully, give you something to do and be productive at the same time.

Whether you are a part of the local music scene or not, you all have at least one friend who is. In an effort to show some support, you tune in when you have the opportunity. That’s great and, I encourage you to continue doing so. By simply listening and, maybe sharing the video or starting a watch party, you are helping them be seen and heard. Your support could lead to a new fan base, more gig opportunities when this is over, merchandise sales and more. Just being there and sharing your experience may be worth more than you’ll ever know. But, supporting your friends is not what this challenge is all about.

Over the past week or so, I have challenged myself to listen to someone I have never seen before, either in person or live on social media. I’m asking you – challenging you – to do the same. Pick one or two local artists you’ve never seen and watch their live performance. Share what you found so that others will have the opportunity to discover someone new. Do this every week while the stay at home order is in effect and, maybe you’ll make a difference for that person that will last much longer than any quarantine. Do it for yourself, as well. There’s plenty of great music out there that you may not discover otherwise.

During this past week, I took the time to listen to two local artists for the first time. If you’ve never heard them, perhaps you can start right here. Or, pick one or two others and share them with us. Either way, discover someone new and help keep the local music scene growing while “live” is something we hope will come back soon. My two “new” artists were Eliza Rush and Carlos Barata. I knew of both but, had never seen or heard either one. Both are very talented and have plenty to offer. If you have never seen them, I highly recommend you take the time to do so. You can find video of Eliza’s past live performances or watch for an upcoming performance at https://www.facebook.com/elizarushmusic/. Carlos appeared live last Friday for the Southside Arts District’s Facebook First Friday and that video can be found here https://www.facebook.com/southsideartsdistrict/. Carlos is also hosting “Go Live! LV”, a virtual live music festival, on April 17 & 18. For more information on that event, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/265648421115358/about/.

Let’s all do our part to keep the local music scene alive and well during this difficult time. Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the Lehigh Valley music scene and Voices of the Valley. Better times are ahead.

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