Happy Holidays

Here we are in the holiday season still in the throes of a pandemic. Make the best of it, it’s all we got. Be safe and keep those around you safe. We’re starting to overwhelm the medical system and its workers which is a recipe for disaster. We’ll be out of this sooner than you know. The upcoming vaccines are look good so far, I have a preferred that I will keep to myself, but let’s see where this goes. By Fall 2021 things might start being more normal.

We’re done publicly for the year, but will try to start jamming to get ready for 2021. We’ll be there.

Have a safe an happy holiday. More soon. I’ll try to upload a couple from our last driveway concert.

Hang in there, be the best that you are!

00Dave

Mid July and COVID Still Nigh

We’re still in it. It’s pretty tempting to just let loose and get out. It’s our nature, we’re social creatures. Getting to be pretty weird ones though. There’s some amazing examples of Dunning Kruger Effect right now, and it’s becoming celebrated in circles enough to be really dangerous. Keep up the fight, mask up, social distance, keep the infection smoldering until next year when a couple of vaccines can be released. Or don’t, but then don’t get treated at a hospital. Die on the sword you swear by. Leave that spot for a kid or parent that tried.

In other news, club gigs are pretty rare these days, getting rarer. We have picked up some parties. We’ve invested in some equipment to allow us to have the shows like we did and still maintain distance. We mask in and out and ask for a 12 foot space so we can sing and play without masks. Its not hard, its still fun and everybody goes home in generally good health as the came.

Hope to see you out there one way or another. Do the right thing and this will be behind us for the most part in about 9-12 months. There’s a lot of parents and businesses that need some help and innovation. Be part of that change, help adapt to this bizarre event we’re in and we’ll all come out stronger. Stay healthy, spread some joy and have fun!

Summer Update

Welcome to Summer! Two days past my favorite day of the year and summer is shaping up with good weather finally. Hope you all are getting to get outside and ease some of the COVID restriction angst. Please be careful and don’t take risks. Know your bubbles, wear masks if you’re not sure. Keeping this virus from flaring back up will be tough, but we can do it. With style to boot!

We’ll start looking to get out for some public shows when possible. We’re still waiting to hear about the public scheduled ones. Our private bookings are taking off a little. Anytime you get to make music and make folks happy is a great day! We started to try some random pop up shows. The FB live feed did not work out well. We’ll see if we can get a couple more scheduled and get better sound for streaming.

Stay well and have fun. We won’t get time back and we cannot fix yesterday, make today count and plan tomorrow better.

Lets be good to one another, that will make it easier for sure!

If you are looking for music related podcasts, check out Alison Pipitone’s podcast called “the Great Unsung”. You’ll dig it, it promise. Check out the Clyborne Yates Show, you will even see us and there is ab earlier show of me alone on the “Couch of Truth”. We’ve had a lot of fun there!

All the best! – 00Dave

Here we are , there we were, here we go

So how many weeks now? 8 -9? All merging into one unending week huh? Seems to be few winners in this activity, but that’s how pandemics work. Working from home is not easy, especially with kids about. Not working creates panic and intense stress. Being an essential worker, especially front line health care and associates, is crazy pressure and stress. Wish there was a way to help everyone, sending you good vibes. The weather is turning up finally, there’s more daylight and a picture of ways to emerge from all this are starting to coalesce. Miss playing, I miss the people, my bandmates – guess they are people too – getting out and about, the anxiety and thrill of a show. But we’re doing what we need to be doing. The better we do all this together, the quicker and better we’ll all come out of this.

There can be a lot of innovation coming out of this. Lots of places trying new ways to keep their livelihoods going. I am surprised we have not seen more. It would be nice to see a Hertel Ave and Elmwood Strip/Village websites for ordering, new couriers, local food guides, etc., that benefit local producers to retailers. There are some websites, but it seems a little piecemeal. Wish I had the skills to set up something with them for Ecommerce /delivery /advertising – Davazon! Someday maybe.

My opinion, which is not any striking revelation, is that the main factors in transmission are respiratory with proximity and duration being key factors. It looks like there may be some epithelial transmission of a different sort. It’s getting a bit scary what is happening to children, that really needs some big minds on it. The kids alone should be good enough reason why we need to wear masks and stay at home for a while longer. If you want to protest, fine, but do it together in one segregated place to keep others safe and please do not use hospitals should you become it and stay at the back of the vaccine line. There’s a lot of smart people telling you the reasons why we need to do this. There are a lot of clever people profiting off of creating outrage and umbrage. Marketing is seductive, but if it’s a little too good to be true, if it plays a little too well to your biases, it’s likely shit and stay away from it. Nurses, doctors, biologists, epidemiologists don’t have a profit motive on the message they are conveying. They want this over with ASAP too. It’s true the guidelines are evolving, but we’re learning and adapting as fast as we can to a changing outbreak phenomenon. There’s a lot of rubbish going around. Keep off of it. I agree the federal and state govt’s have let the little folks down. Corps and high enders seem to be making out pretty good all in all. The stimulus went right to a lot of places it did not need to go. Pay the workers, keep demand up and the economy keeps running better. Drive the protective gear manufacture, help local businesses get their messages out and serve their bases. Protecting corps that just got a huge tax break and just blew it is pointless. Had their hands out and in the trough quicker than anyone else. Seriously, oversight and a complete rewrite needed. When did we get that dumb?

Anyway – stay safe, be good. We’ll look into ways of getting out. If any of yas want a tcom party with the band, we’ll see what we can do. Take care, wear your mask, keep your distance until we can sort out how best to isolate the infected, and have some fun with all this. This is history being made, days to start new, learn more and be a part of change. Carpe Diem!!!

-00Dave

It should be called CoVideo

Hope all is well with you and your families. A nice way to get some time with the family and about the house if you’re looking for silver linings. We’re off for a bit, not playing. We are all working, we are lucky. Keep ya busy working with kids at home too. So as this hunker at home continues, stay safe and well, binge all the TV you can with a fine beverage (AKA any!) and enjoy what you have. Help your friends and neighbors and be safe. This song keeps coming to mind during this time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IsSpAOD6K8

Things will be different when we come out of the other side of this. Hopefully we wont forget how ill prepared for pandemic we were and change our ways. Hopefully we won’t forget those that are helping us like medical workers, grocery store staff, restaurant staff, pharmacies, etc. Let’s remember we can be good. Make the best of it. There will be lots to talk about in the near future. We’re just hoping to play a really big party to celebrate the end of this! 00Dave

Well there ya go

So it looks like were not playing out for a bit. Not a great situation for anyone. We might look into trying to stream a show or rehearsal. Have to find out if we can meet up to do it. In any case, make the best use of this time. It’s unique, maybe once in a lifetime or two. Have a great story to tell. Help folks out, make a difference. Be a great way to enjoy what is otherwise a tough, scary and potentially grave situation. We’ll be back soon enough. So will you. A great time to triumph. Even if that is vacuuming behind the toilet or moving that stack of books.

One of those gigs that make your year

We played for a Father Daughter dance on Saturday night for Buffalo Seminary (go SEMs). Just an amazing group of people. The girls came right up to help us sing, danced all night and kept everyone going. Seeing the smiles, all the dancing, singing and hearing the thanks at the end of the night were so rewarding. We were really worried about this one, it’s tough to keep a couple generations entertained, especially school functions. It all just went great. We’re all dads of daughters too and I think we were able to live up to a standard that we would want for our daughters too (aka judgey LOL). Once in a while you get a “nailed it” win. Makes all that preparation and anxiety worth it :). Happy March folks!