2020 is certainly turning out to be a year we'll never forget. We are living in a confluence of crises, any one of which would guarantee us a mention in the history books a century from now. But all of them happening at once makes this a watershed moment. Like the rest of my country, I've been horrified at recent events, and am keenly attuned to the fact that too often Americans experience drastically different outcomes simply based on the color of their skin. I am listening and learning, and what few thoughts I've shared these past few days you will find on the Blog.
And of course, I must keep moving forward and trying to do some good in this hurting world. So there will be music this month, and a workshop and concert for Family History Day June 14th as well. The Mountville Folk Festival will be happening online June 20th, even as plans are still evolving. I'll present a Special Music Service, "Beyond These Walls, Beyond These Broken Hearts" at several Unitarian churches via Zoom this summer. And I'll be sharing some more family history tips and tricks, including a special D-Day edition tomorrow at 11am on researching our 20th century veteran ancestors.
I remain as ever cautiously optimistic for the long haul, because we are made of sturdy stuff and we Americans emerge from our crisis cocoons better for the metamorphosis. But this time is not easy to live through. And it certainly is not easy to figure out the role of music and creativity, and how to balance the work necessary to somehow try to maintain a livelihood with the fog of an all-encompassing upheaval and discord. In other news, I'm starting to understand existentialism. Whew.
A very special and humble thank you to all of you kindly souls who sent a birthday card to my new teenager, as well as all of you who've bought the book. I hope you enjoy that half as much as we enjoyed your cards. Til our internets cross paths, may you stay well, strong and kind.
Andrew is a proud Endorsing Artist for Fairbuilt Guitars and Elixir Strings, and member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artist Program and Concerts in Your Home.