One of the biggest disappointments this year for any music lover will be the rescheduled or canceled concerts due to COVID-19. Luckily, quarantine has been a great time for new music. These new alternative releases won't bring back the thrill of making it to the front row at your favorite standing room only venue or singing your heart out with hundreds or thousands of other fans, but they do bring something new to this otherwise boring time we're all living in.
For every body in the UK, and most of the world for that matter, the past few weeks... (months) due to COVID-19 has been tough. Many have lost jobs, family members, friends, and plans at the hands of this devastating virus. Its effects are both mentally and physically exhausting for all. And while the uncertainty of the state of the world as we know it is unsettling, I have been determined to try and not let it rattle me.
"If music be the food of love, play on" - Duke Orsino to his court in regards the fair Olivia at the very beginning of Twelfth Night. I'm not a huge Shakespeare fan, it must be said, but that is without a doubt one of my favourite lines of literature. I envision including it in my wedding, maybe as a banner across the head table during the sit down meal.
The 1980s are the moments in history when disasters were painted in neon colours. All it took was for one television network to finally give a voice the world’s hippest protest music. Launched in 1981, MTV started to gain its footing at the beginning of the decade. This new channel dedicated to music provided a platform for popular music from areas all of the world, as well as new genres to be heard by the American public.
One thing this self-isolation period has done is given me more time to dedicate to the pursuit of finer listening. Or, to be truthful, it just gives me more time to listen to the same handful of songs I listen to for a couple months with more concentration before swapping out a majority of them for new music. Either way, it's been a great time creating all sorts of playlist for myself, and taking greater chances on different artists in genres I love. One in particular that I am always happy to gush about?
My first EP (short for Extended Play) "To All My Exes I've Loved Before" premiered on April 3rd, 2020. This was a huge leap for me as an artist, especially as a singer/songwriter as I independently produced it on my own. Armed with Garageband, my guitar and a microphone I purchased on Amazon, I had my work cut out for me. This is what came of weeks of pouring my heart and soul into a record.
When we first went into lockdown this playlist started as a bit of a laugh as something that everyone was doing but then it developed into a feelgood playlist, now a playlist manly containing my all-time favourite songs and something I listen to daily and love listening to. It has now developed into a playlist to remind me what I was listening to when I look back on this time, but also for some good tunes to get me through the semi loneliness of lockdown.