This story is an ode to courage.
"not being able to see other kid's expressions due to the masks". Even when I believed that COVID was a lethal new virus with an extremely high R naught, because long ago I was a parent to 3 kids, I knew masking small kids was absurd. Given my current understanding that masks on adults don't even work and that kids very rarely get sick anyway, and that safe treatments are largely effective, this requirement seems to me criminal. But alas this whole bizarre theater is criminally operated. I mean, they just keep outdoing themselves - different PCR cycle counts for vaccinated and non-vaccinated??? They can get away with anything, it seems.
This is exactly why I am leaving public education. The cognitive dissonance is more than I can handle
It’s great you’re finding other musicians/artists to connect with — she’s got a lovely singing voice!
I can’t help but feel incredibly upset at artists & especially fellow musicians who completely bailed on what it means to perform music (in front of real people, not a webcam) and how essential that is for truly living, and they dropped it at the first sign of trouble and possible discipline by state authorities. All the artists who self-aggrandized and claimed during the Trump years (and well before) that they answer to a higher law than that of bureaucrats and that art transcends human laws, stuff like that — turns out they were just talking big, because as soon as a *slightly* higher % of people were getting sick & dying this year vs. last year and some soulless suits declared “Pandemic”, they hid in their homes and behind screens and helped perpetuate the awful idea that we “can’t” get together.
As a musician I’ve most looked up to the other musicians/artists I consider to be fearless: unafraid of death, unafraid of being crushed by oppression, unafraid of really *living*. I can’t think of anything LESS “rock and roll” than making crummy YouTube music videos where every band member is playing in their own home, followed by a strong message of “Stay Home and save lives, also you’re a contagious piece of shit so hide your face when interacting with strangers!”
All these hangups, and all this fear mongering & deference to authority are so antithetical to the purity of music & art in general, the way they speak to our souls on such a primal level and remind us of the things all the advancements of civilization/medicine have obscured — namely that we’re part of this world (not unlike a virus is), we’re all alive for a short time and then we die, and nothing lasts forever.
My outrage at what I believe to be the perfidy of the state is very small potatoes compared to the horror and anguish I would feel today as a parent of young children. Parents without exceptional means are very vulnerable to the state. Kids need kids, and almost all Parents have to struggle to stay afloat and consequently have few alternatives. The system is getting progressively more disfigured.
I've been trying to make sure people keep getting hugs since this nonsense started. Refuse to let go of our humanity. Thanks for this video Tessa, will share it with folks I know who have kids, I know they'll appreciate it.