Music Continues

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Savannah Garrison

Even though artists aren’t always live, they still are available to listen on almost all musical platforms (Photo courtesy of Savannah Garrison).

COVID-19 is everywhere. You can’t escape it. It’s on the news, in your feed, there’s just no way to get away from the horrible pandemic. It’s made you lose your job, shut down hangouts, and has taken a devastating toll on the economy. But, there are people out there trying to distract you from being in your house all day and they are the musical artists.

Those artists, who are having to postpone their concerts, are not letting this time get away from them. People like Thomas Rhett, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and Henry Kapono don’t let these stay-at-home orders keep them from doing what they love: showing their fans love. Not only are they doing online performances, they’re also giving to those in need who can’t financially support themselves because they’ve lost their job. Taylor Swift gave $3000 to a fan who lost her job and was struggling to pay her rent for her apartment. Upon the donation on Reddit, Swift also added a message: “Holly, you’ve always been there for me. I want to be there for you right now. I hope this helps. Love, Taylor” (Papermag). Swift shows that not only does she strive to keep her followers entertained during this dull time, but she is doing the most she can to help anyone in dire need. 

I wrote ‘Be A Light’ last year as a way to process negativity and sadness I was seeing in the world. Now, as I sit in my home with my family on my 30th birthday, we are in the middle of a world-wide pandemic affecting every single human on earth,” said Thomas Rhett. What a perfect time to be able to release this song and spread positivity and hope all around the globe.

As for the smaller artists, like Henry Kapono, times are a little bit rougher. In a Facebook live, Kapono said, “Due to these hard times, we’ve had to cut down our band to two people, but that doesn’t stop us from being out here performing for you guys.” On top of still going out to Duke’s every Sunday in Waikiki, Hawaii, he also created the Basic Essentials Relief for Hawaii’s Music Company. This is a fund that includes up to $50,000 in Foodland gift cards to  musicians/entertainers who have been affected by the virus. You can find more information about Kapono’s efforts and where to donate at his site here

There is a multitude of websites and social media platforms out there that artists can use to reach out to their followers, stay in contact with them, and perform for them. Ones that are the most common are Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook Live. Vulture.com has a list of artists and their upcoming dates they will perform, as well as many links to past performances.

“It’s definitely a good way to stay connected, it is beneficial for smaller artists because they keep that same flow. When you’re just starting out it is harder so it shows your fans that you truly care,” said Hillcrest High School senior Josh Wilkerson. Wilkerson is also a small singer in the hip-hop community who goes by Phoenjx. He has just released an album but was unable to do his performances in April because of the shutdown. However, thanks to social media platforms like Instagram, he is still able to stay connected to his fans and perform his music and has even gained thousands of listeners on his newest hits.

So even with all of this worry and concern about COVID-19 and the inability to go out in public for non-essentials, you still have tons to look forward to online! And although you don’t want to have your face in a screen 24/7, it’s nice to watch a performance or two a day by your favorite artists.