I promised myself I would not use the “U-word” in this blog entry. By now we all know that 2020 was unpr… nope, not going to write it.
All of the weddings and private parties that we had on the books for 2020 were cancelled. We were offered a few others, but, unfortunately, we didn’t feel there was any way to ensure the health and safety of everyone in the band, and those we would come into contact with during the events. We had to decline.
It was the right thing to do, but, it was unprece… sorry, right. It was… out of character for a band like Scarlet Fever to turn down the opportunity to bring musical joy to a wedding celebration, private party, or club date. It was also, to be fully accurate, heartbreaking.
We tried to keep musical projects going as best we could. Some of us spent as much time as we could practicing our instruments; some of us collaborated in socially-distanced studio projects; some of us collaborated to make YouTube videos of us playing from our respective homes; some of us were able to get out to small clubs with one or two other musicians to do masked and socially-distanced gigs. While all of those things had their emotional rewards, none of them brought the same unbridled excitement as all nine of us playing to a packed reception venue for a deliriously happy throng, packed together on the dance floor and singing along at the top of their lungs. Not being able to experience that for an entire year is unpreced… dang it; again, sorry.
Everyone has struggled through this pandemic: trying to stay healthy; trying to make ends meet; trying to make life seem as normal as possible despite all evidence to the contrary. Going to a giant venue for a sports event, or going to a concert at a large arena, or going to a friend’s or family member’s wedding: these aren’t everyday activities for any of us, but, for so many, they are the once-every-so-often events we all look forward to, both to experience the event in the moment, and, to cherish the memories of being there. Without them, 2020 has been endlessly blurry and dark—literally the opposite of what the term “20/20” is supposed to mean.
2021 is here now, and with it comes light at the end of this ridiculously long tunnel. Vaccines are rolling out, and, in the months ahead, we should be able to experience more of the events we treasure. When the time comes that we can safely bring you the groove, the slam, the rawk, the fonk… we’ll be ready, and, we’ll be there.
We haven’t gone anywhere, Columbus. We miss all of you so much; we miss being able to share the music, elation, and love with you. Just like all of you, we are waiting as patiently as we can for “normal” to come rolling back down the street. I may never feel comfortable using the “U-word” again, for fear of evoking memories of the pandemic, but I’ve got a guitar I’m aching to use, to make you dance, smile, and sing. Believe it.