How I'm Getting Through Lockdown
I'm in a country Americana band called The Handlers where I play banjo, percussion, accordion, keyboards and back up vocals. The two leads, VirgieLynne and Corrado are learning how to create remote sessions online. I haven't perfected it yet but have lost many enjoyable hours to trying to figure it out.
Check out some of their sessions on Instagram:
The Handlers (@thehandlers_official)
2 new songs have been released on Spotify:
I also play jazz piano and you can find me playing to the lead sheets from the IRealPro app on my iPad. I can only play jazz when I am in touch with my emotions, which hasn't been easy in lockdown. I often find that the last thing I want to do is be in touch with my emotions so I end up on TikTok wasting time. When I do play, it is healing.
Ode to Joy
My Irish harp had been neglected, so I brought it out when the National Youth Orchestra did their Ode To Joy event. What a lovely instrument. I'm keeping it out so I play it more. A very soothing sound much needed.
Dancing like nobody is watching
When I'm not playing an instrument, I am listening to music. Dancing in the kitchen while cooking is a form of therapy coming into full recognition during lockdown.
You can listen to what I'm listening to on my Spotify page: spotify:user:madisolomon
Singing with Friends
And finally, I have weekly virtual cocktails with friends every week. They have asked me to lead them in sing-alongs and here are our favourite songs to sing - to SING OUT LOUD. For those few minutes, everything disappears. Feel free to put on your best American accent and sing to these songs. It's different from just listening to them.
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Stay safe and sane everyone. To quote from another Laura Nyro song, "I'm not going to tell you what I'm drinking."