COVID-19 has undoubtedly disrupted many industries, including our beloved music industry. Album releases have been postponed, and all live shows have been canceled until an unknown later date, putting artists’ already tenuous livelihood on shakier ground. But, things aren’t all doom and gloom. Artists are working harder than ever to share their music and connect with fans through creative livestreams, quarantine collaborations, and more.
We wanted to get a real glance at what it means to be a musician during this time, so we gathered a group of Sofar alumni, spanning Sydney to Seattle to Toronto, to weigh in. Twice a week, they’ll be sharing their thoughts on different topics related to this crazy time we’re all in.
This week we asked them:
Something we always strive to do is put our health first by eating nourishing foods, moving our bodies, sleeping enough, and feeding our minds. We've been focusing extra hard on that during this time and also getting outside daily to connect with nature.
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health so we've also been focusing on that — monitoring screen time and the amount of media we consume. Plus, it’s allowed us space to really dive into being present and writing music from the heart space.
- Kathleen and Aubrey of LVDY, Denver
A benefit to being home so much is that I have the time to meal plan and prep. I’ve cooked 100% of my meals since the stay-at-home order began in Chicago. It’s a ton of work but on a very limited income, it’s the most economical way to go. It is also pretty dang healthy, at least in my case. I‘ve been including salads every day and lots of fresh produce.
I’ve also taken to picking up my little free weights and have been spending the last few weeks working out, even if just a little, every day. It’s not much but it’s certainly more than pre-COVID.
-Vivian Garcia, Chicago
I’ve been more careful about what I eat and where I choose to buy my food. Since grocery stores can sell out of things like meat, I’ve been buying more food from local farms, which is a nice change. I’ve also been exercising more — hopefully these new habits last once things go back to normal.
-Yasmin Williams, Baltimore
When many things are out of your control, you have to be able to look at the areas in your life that you can control. For us, I remembered how much I enjoyed gardening and how starting a garden has been nurturing for my emotional well-being. I used to build therapy gardens for kids in foster care and use it as a means to teach and educate some of our most vulnerable youth. Gardening brings a small amount of purpose to every day, watching the garden grow and learning more and more about fragility. There is something very comforting about sitting in a place (our patio) that I’ve created through simply showing up and providing water and good soil.
- Myra of Stereo RV, Seattle
I love to exercise. I have a pair of gymnastics rings that I hang from a tree and I go running. I've always eaten well and I don't drink. I get good sleep. It's about that simple, I think.
- Kiaran aka Kubla, Toronto
During this period, my morning routine has helped me tremendously. Nutrition has also been integral in feeling good and less anxious while surrounded by so much uncertainty. My plants have definitely been great companions in helping my mental well-being. And, one last thing, I've discovered coconut/cashew ice cream (YUM)!
- NDUKA, NYC
I’ve been taking care of myself by living a happier, healthier lifestyle. I’ve been digging deeper into meditation, working out, and eating healthier! Keeping a positive and optimistic mindset.
- Miracle Foster, Dallas
Thanks to these artists for sharing with us, and we’ll be back next week to talk with them about what parts of quarantine they're learning to appreciate.
In the meantime, join us daily in Sofar’s listening room for livestreams, where you can donate directly to the performing artists.