The beautiful melodies swirl around the stone fireplace and over the worn wooden floors. They float across the strings of violins and over the upright bass that is taller than I am. Each talented musician plays her instrument of choice and dazzles their internet audience with the gift of music.
This is a weird time. A virus has taken hold of the world and we, humankind collectively, have been asked to stay at home. We are supposed to live as normally as possible, but then again, we aren’t allowed to hang out with people. However, musicians have found a way to stay connected and bring us all together, virtually. Many musicians and bands are offering virtual shows (for tips) and it has been the absolute best thing these past couple weeks.
Many are setting up performance space in their homes, but some venues are still offering their stages. Just without the audience. The Fret Shop in Huntsville, AL is one of those venues. It has been a city staple for 40 years, offering string instruments and gear, instrument repair, and lessons. And now they are providing hours of entertainment for listeners across the globe. Thank you, Mark!
Three local ladies, Sarah Jayne, Ashleigh Nicole, and Amber Cavanaugh, filled this space with their beautiful music. But don’t worry, they are all spaced the recommended 6 feet apart and the equipment was all sanitized before they went live (I saw it with my own two eyes).
The Fret Shop, along with now empty concert venues across the country, are hosting or sponsoring more and more of these events. Be sure to watch the social media pages of your favorite singers, bands, and venues for upcoming live streams. Bands big and small are out there wanting to entertain you. And if you can, throw a couple dollars into their paypal or venmo tip jars, for most of these musicians, it’s their only income. You can also buy their music or merch, or purchase gift cards to the venues you’ll be frequenting once we can rejoin the world.