March 27th-29th

I’ve got myself, as you can see from the last entries, in to a bit of a timetable of working out, tidying the house, working on music, working on library stuff etc. I’ve actually felt quite busy! There is definitely a lot I’ve let slip with trying to work and gig and music so much so really I could spend the whole three weeks off work just tudying this house – which is shameful I know – but even after just a few days of having time it is already a cleaner, calmer place and that feels really nice.

Friday (27th) and Saturday (28th) saw a couple more online streamed gigs with Robert Lane. I really loved them, I don’t have a great set up and am just live streaming from my phone, it certainly doesn’t replace the live gig for me but it is it’s own thing and it’s own thing is something which I love and will definitely continue to do going forward. Friends from Norway and Germany watched, my friend who can never get a babysitter watched! Things I hadn’t really thought about before! I lack a bit of confidence in what I do and it would have taken one of these people telling me they’d like to see me but can’t for me to think of doing something online, I would never assume there would be people wanting to see me. I still have those quiet gigs (had one in Hemel, my home town really recently -although the virus situation was just rearing it’s ugly head so maybe that one had good reason) but at those gigs I am always thinking “what can I do to make people come?” “how can I be better?” whereas now I might switch my mind to “How can I be more accesible?” “How can I take this to people?” and that’s a really big positive for me to come out of this situation.

I’ve been making monthly little vlogs of gigs and here is March 🙂 Click for March

There’s a little break now before what would have been my next scheduled gig with Robert so we hope to come up with something exciting for the next one too 🙂

I’ve also been working on my pre-order campaign for my next record “you’re not singing anymore” I’d been a bit confused about how best to proceed with this – in light of everything but I have decided to plough on 🙂

I have an online Zumba class tonight, a Virtual Said the maiden rehearsal on Tuesday, A google hangout with friends Wednesday – amazing how quickly we’ve all adapted to this side things.

xx

 

 

March 27th-29th

March 26th – Day 2 of being off work

Well today, looked quite similar to yesterday..
I did the Joe wicks workout again – I had definitely fallen off of going to the gym regularly due to working and gigging so much so this is definitely a benefit to these hard times. I also did this workout with my friend and her little girl via Whatsapp video call. It was nice to see their faces. I feel for parents through all of this, single parents in particular, the lack of routine and the limited activities you can do with the children. My sister is at home with my niece and nephew alone as her fiance is isolated at her own house. My nephew finds being out of routine hard and is at the age where he wants to be out with friends. My sister is doing an amazing job of it, trying to get some routine in and using their outdoor exercise time to do a lot of geocaching! 🙂
Was discussing with my friends today (via messenger) some of the challenges, particularly in households where you have one person working and another at home – there seems to be an expectation to the person at home that the whole house should be shining like the Chrysler building! Or that they’ve somehow got things a lot easier. It is a tricky thing to navigate when things have changed so quickly.

I then spent the day on music admin, it is SO nice to have a chance to get through this – somehow the mountain doesn’t feel much smaller but I am off work for three weeks so I should get on top of it, there’s just the added changing of things and figuring out online shows, what we can/can’t do looking at the year ahead etc. I have also found it has gone a little quiet on the replies – I guess a lot of the people I am contacting are not in their offices/working/responding to emails at moment as are managing *all of this* too.

I made another library video 🙂 Which, even though they aren’t great quality, take me about an hour to film and edit.
Click to see video 🙂 

So I find myself at lunchtime having not done an awful lot and go on another mad house tidy. Things are getting better there!! Ha ha!
I also do some stuff for work – putting together my session plans for my prison creative writing group. I work a little more on my record pre-order ideas and I sign up to be an NHS volunteer – I will have to wait until they’ve checked my ID and there’s been hundreds of thousands of people sign up which is amazing so I am not too sure when I will hear back.

Anyways, I just wanted to blog this unusual time. I print my blogs out and keep them in my memory box and I feel like this is a time I (or maybe someone else in my family/life) might want to look back on at a better time 🙂

 

xx

 

March 26th – Day 2 of being off work

March 2020 – Unusual times call for a blog!

We certainly do find ourselves in unusual times. yesterday at work we were told it would likely be our last day in for three weeks. I work in a prison and we’ve been making efforts to keep all the activities running as much as we can,  so although my gigs and social activities had all been cancelled for a while now, the whole virus thing hasn’t felt too real just yet.
When I heard the news I had mixed feelings. Some relief that perhaps I could just now bunker down and ride this out – not have to worry as much about being out and about and potentially catching/sharing the virus. I also felt sadness at what that might mean for the prisoners – no activities and surely a lot more time behind their door, and what that might mean for the already stretched officers.
I have two roles in the prison. One working in the library and one teaching music technology. I spent my last day making up boxes of books, newspapers, crosswords, magazines to go to each wing to hopefully provide a little bit of library to those who are now facing a lot of time in their cells. I wrote a note and dropped next month’s book to my book-group members (we were due to meet this Thursday)
I burnt CDS of my music students work and sent it to them with a note (and a reminder to think of their room mates and neighbours when they are working on their music!)
And that was all I could do really. I have found out today we will be going in on a rota basis to make sure we keep sending fresh resources and learner packs to the students.

So today was my first day in proper”isolation/self-distancing” mode- although I’ve been doing that at weekends and in evenings it all feels a lot realer when you’re sent home for “at least three weeks”  I shall admit to ignoring my initial idea of getting up at my usual time, I was awake but I messed around on the internet for some time!

at 9am I did Joe Wicks workout (link here), something crazy, like almost a million people tuned in to his live stream workout, which is designed as a PE session for all the children who are isolated at home at the moment.  Seemingly I am a lot less fit than your average school child!!

I then worked on plans for an IndieGOGO campaign for my next record. I had sort of shelved the idea, it seems strange during all this to try and plough on with things – especially things which involve people supporting you financially when everyone is so squeezed, but it feels like, although I could wait until this all blows over, there’s also the fact that almost everything has come to a halt and perhaps powering on with the plans we had where we can is a good way to keep sane through all this. So I made some plans and made some drafts and plan to launch something soon!

 

I then spent some time working on my “Virtual Library” this is a new idea I decided upon. Just trying to bring a bit of the library to my friend’s children who are at home. Here is my latest installment!(Link here)
So far these videos have made me realise I need some better equipment and software for film making and that my eyebrows are very dark compared to my hair! But hopefully any children watching them will enjoy.

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I had some lunch – food items and ingredients already looking a bit ropey and it was a bit of an odd concoction. I think I will try to hold out going to the shops until my rota day to go in to work – seems like just making the one journey out would be more sensible?! We shall see how the supplies go!
Then I did some housework! Ha ha! This is the most neglected part of my life a lot of the time, and if I don’t use this extra time to get on top of that then I shall have let myself down somewhat! I do enjoy everything being more ordered and tidy! It just never stays that way between work, gig, work, gig, life, gig, work, gig, gig, gig. It has to be said it is nice to be forced to slow down and look around and re-evaluate. There are positives that can come from this, it is just hard to feel any joy in those things when people are paying the cost with their lives and the lives of their loved ones. I certainly get little peaks of worry every now and then about the reality of what the world is facing. I look forward to brighter days.

I also did a little more glossing. We started decorating the front room a little while ago. It has been on the “to do” list for sometime but we only get round to it when football and gigs got cancelled. Of course things have escalated in the last few days so it is not really possible to get any materials but I am finishing off what I can. Have gloss. Will gloss.

That’s been today so far. There’s been a lot of getting distracted by scrolling online which isn’t ideal. So I shall maybe have to lock my phone in a box tomorrow!
I also need to be doing some work from home which hasn’t started yet.

my evening plans involve getting on with some of the work from home I could be doing, clearing my inboxes, catching some online gigs and trying to remember it is not the weekend and I shouldn’t drink wine.

 

if you’re reading this, thanks 🙂 Take care and stay safe
xxx

March 2020 – Unusual times call for a blog!