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27 minutes ago, pinkfloydcramer61 said:

I went from $700- $800 a week playing background piano in restaurants, to nothing (like everyone else here). PO'd at myself for not having an "essential" vocation to fall back on. I'm using the downtime to nail down some long-worked on pieces, develop my harmonica skills, learn DAW recording, and reevaluate if my singing really does hopelessly suck. Got a crawfish boil band gig booked in April, so far it's still on.

April's half gone, I would double check that gig...

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3 hours ago, daddymack said:

April's half gone, I would double check that gig...

Whoops! Meant May. But it's the 2nd so I wasn't far off. 

The only person in my area. to my knowledge, that has a sure- thing April gig is a solo blues artist playing a "Druid songwriter" festival on the 24th.

Update, just saw on FB where someone corrected him- it's actually the Druid City Songwriters Festival. So not a Druid thing after all (I just wonder how Tuscaloosa AL got nicknamed the "Druid City). My friend got the call today, said he doesn't have many details. No evidence online, of it happening, but I hope it works out for him. 

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I'm glad my mortgage is paid off, and that I have lived below my means for such a long time that I have a savings account.

IMHO If you are going to make a living as any kind of gig worker, living below your means and having a savings account are essential.

I love spending 24/7 with my sweetie, but we both miss gigging.

This too will pass.

The way the virus spreads, it's probably safer to be out of work.

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The last gig I had was at an Elks club on March 19th. The Governor hadn't closed down sit in dining, but had social distancing in effect. Seats were spread out. The place held 500 seats. It is the largest Elks in Florida. I really didn't want to perform that night, but I had a contract with them and the money was great. I told the Commander that he was wasting money because nobody will show up. All other Animal clubs had already closed. He said he wanted to stay open till the end of March. They had a big concert coming in on March 21, but 2 of the musicians had Covid and had to cancel. That would be a big sign that this might not be a good idea.

I set up in the very back of the stage. I was scheduled for 3 hours. Fortunately, I was right. They had 24 people show up. All were 80+ years old. They ate and left. I was done in an hour. Normally, they would've had 350-400 people eating and dancing. Average age is usually 45-80. I asked the few that showed up " WHY ARE YOU HERE?" They said there was nothing to do at home, so they decided to go to the Elks for dinner. A couple of them actually came up to the stage to shake my hand. They were clueless to the whole virus issue. I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

The next day, the Governor closed all dine-in places. 

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Things appear to be loosening up in some areas now and I'd like to think most of us now realize that the virus was not as deadly as some media hysteria may have made it out to be, and in fact, isolation will actually weaken your immune system. Don't misconstrue that to mean I didn't think Wuhan/COVID-19 wasn't a real thing.

I've continued to go to work everyday and was never very concerned about it from the beginning although I can't explain why. My wife and I have good reason to think we'd had it back at the beginning of January when we flew out east for New Years but we haven't been tested so we can't verify that. I'm not a doctor but my wife actually is.

In any case I can see and sense some return to normalcy occuring soon. I certainly don't fault anyone for being overly cautious (obviously some folks need to be) just as I don't respond to attempts to shame or project guilt upon me for my lack of concern. To each his own and I've always respected the space of others.

We have a gig in late May that we hope we can do and we've agreed that we'll do the gig for free as a show of support for this business that has suffered greatly.

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My wife actually booked a new gig yesterday for June 5th, outdoors at a popular place a little ways from our town.

Most businesses open back up tomorrow in 77 of our 99 counties but still with some distancing rules, the rest (mine included) are still closed/restricted until May 15. I'm looking forward to sitting my ass in a seat at a restaurant as soon as I can get in the door!

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They are opening up restaurants, but limiting the capacity to 25%.

I don't know how many restaurants can survive on that few people, but I hope the majority make out OK.

The states/counties that open up the quickest will be the beta testers for the rest of us.

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30 minutes ago, Notes_Norton said:

The states/counties that open up the quickest will be the beta testers for the rest of us.

Notes

I suppose it's obvious that I'm ok with that and actually look forward to it. I don't like what's happened and I don't want people to suffer or die but the genie is not going back in the bottle and eventually everyone will need to come to terms with it.

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23 hours ago, ggm1960 said:

I suppose it's obvious that I'm ok with that and actually look forward to it. I don't like what's happened and I don't want people to suffer or die but the genie is not going back in the bottle and eventually everyone will need to come to terms with it.

Since I'm a performing musician by trade, I'll be one of the last to go back to work. I've had 7 months of gigs cancelled.

So, not by choice, I'm going to be in the wait-and-see group.

I'll continue to isolate, going out every two weeks for perishable groceries, and watching how things go.

I'm definitely neither expert nor clairvoyant enough to know whether a depression would be worse in the death numbers than early re-opening. So my forced wait and see is probably good for me. But to tell the truth, I really, really, really miss gigging.

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just read that my zipcode has the highest incidence of reported Covid-19 case in the county...there are only 2 zipcodes in our town...we are also the most 'Republican' zipcode in the county...maybe there is a correlation, maybe not...:rolleyes2:

As much as I miss seeing my grandkids, eating out, gigging, going to the beach, going camping, etc., I'm still going to wait for a definitive 'all-clear siren' before I put myself and my family at risk [MommaMack has COPD, I have a 'heart condition'] just for a nice meal😜

As it is, every time I cough, MommaMack gives me the evil eye!

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Florida started opening the businesses up, even though I haven't seen a lowering of cases in the counties that surround me. Charlotte County has a 10% fatality and Sarasota County is 13.2% fatality. Average age of death is 66. if it was 85, i would understand because of all the elderly. but 66 is the average. 1 in 10 that test positive die. This aint no flu. I'll wait till the scientists and specialist tell me its ok to go back. I've called it the "Thinning of the Herd" virus.

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We went out for dinner and a couple drinks at a bar and grill tonight, rode the bike to a town over in the next county because ours is still shut down but it was a fantastic day for a ride. Took my doctor with me, well,  she's my wife and she enjoys going along.

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On 4/17/2020 at 2:33 AM, steve mac said:

Voltan, I have been trying to hear you do your thing for years, how do I find you on FB? 

Cheers Steve

ive seen you several times popping up in my feed...  thank you.   

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I've seen a couple outdoor venues have duo/trio last weekend around town. According to then musicians, it was dead. Maybe 20 people all evening including the help. And those people were setting at the Tiki bar together. You'd think they would not want people setting around the bar. oh well. The bar owner did not pay what they were getting. He said "until things go back to normal, i cant afford regular entertainment". In the meantime, if you want to play for 10 people and make $40-50, those jobs will be there for you. I will wait it out till fall. By then, they should have something that will ease the virus symptoms. People need to feel safe before they come out to venues. Maybe the 10% that have no fear of the virus will be there. Those people will have no mask and no regard for you, but hey, it's a gig........(sarcastic)

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