No work for this musician, but i’m hanging tough and still practicing…

Just a quick update that I’m doing okay and hanging in there. I don’t have any gigs scheduled whatsoever, and who knows when the gigs will start to trickle in again… my main gigs have been retirement homes, senior living centers, corporate events, weddings and miscellaneous private events. Still, nothing has come up.

But I’m still practicing every day and yesterday for Father’s Day I played piano for a good 2 hours, practicing all sorts of things from standards to classical to patriotic songs.

As far as being able to do gigs or jam sessions online?

I still don’t know how to do that, but I’m looking into that possibility. I noticed a few musicians have been using Zoom or Microsoft Teams or some other technology. I confess I’m behind the times, so I need to get that going because I don’t know how much longer will we musicians be unemployed.

But we channel our sadness through our music…

I’ve had to adapt!

Being that all my gigs have been cancelled until further notice, I’ve had to adapt and focus more on the stock market. I don’t day trade everyday, but when the opportunity arises, I have to take advantage in order to put food on the table, so to speak.

I’m blessed that I can also invest and make money on the stock market. And this is where my adaptation and improvisation has been happening. It’s the only other source where I can make an income, since all my music gigs have dried up.

I’ve been a survior most of my life. I’ve struggled with advancing my goals in music, but I’ve enjoyed playing music since my early teens. It’s a passion, perhaps a gifted skill… but I still have to work at it, and I DO practice everyday on various piano stuff from Classical to Jazz to Ragtime and Standards. This never ends and it’s always a lifetime endeavor to keep on playing.

So, I do practice for my next gig, whenever that will happen. But, I’ve had to adapt and right now the biggest advantage I have is to make money on the stock market.

I sincerely hope everyone is doing well out there, despite this terrible pandemic. But, we carry on and we continue to strive… I wish everyone the best… peace & love!

Still Quarantined after all these months

I sincerely hope everyone is doing okay out there. I mean, most of us have been pretty much quarantined since day one. And for those who are fighting this coronavirus pandemic at the frontlines, I commend you for your service. And to those who are taking care of the sick, the elderly, the young and the meek… I commend you too.

The weather has gotten nicer, and so I’ve been able to go out into the garden and do some gardening. And there’s a lot to catch up on after the rains, which seemed to have gone on for weeks.

Movies watched: The Shape of Water, Little Miss Sunshine, Dodgeball, The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur, The Millenium Trilogy, to name a few. Of course, I’ve had plenty of time to watch movies.

I practice piano, but I could sure use the time to practice a lot more. Especially some of the Joplin tunes which I forgot some of them already.

Anyway, I need to work on my coin and stamp collection. Just to organize it, catalogue it, etc.

Going to get groceries is quite the endeavor these days. I try to go once every 2 weeks, because it’s this whole ordeal now with social distancing and wearing masks and gloves. But you gotta do it.

More later… I’m out.

Isolation and piano practice

Normally, I like being at home. For one, I get into my routines, like practicing piano, console and computer gaming, surfing the internet, facebook, etc.

But, being quarantined and isolated for long periods of time?

And especially with a potentially dangerous pandemic on our hands, it’s kind of stressful to be at home. And when one gets a soar throat like I’ve been experiencing lately (albiet a mild one), you start to wonder if this is Covid-19 or just the common cold.

Well, the weather in San Diego has been raining a lot with overcast skies, and it has only been in the last few days that we’ve had sunshine. Like, full sun with blue skies and gentle ocean breezes.

So, being out in the garden is a blessing. Tending to the vegetable garden and managing the rose garden. Just being out in the sun where the Covid-19 is said to not exist… under ultraviolet light.

Anyway, I’m doing fine as is my family. But, I really miss playing music in front of audiences. It’s that interaction between musician and audience that is magically. I can practice all day at home but it’s just not the same interaction. And I could do a Zoom video setup but I’m just not too much into the video conferencing thing.

Anyway, I hope my readers are doing well out there. Take care. Stay safe.