As I’m stuck at home due to COVID-19, I think about music and how it plays a role in my daily routine. Looking back on my Last.fm, staying home has put a big dent in my music listening.
My first songs of the day would be in my car on the way to work. Then I’d put albums on in the morning at work. I’d listen to an album while walking at lunch. I’d keep listening to music to keep myself mentally occupied during any downtime during the afternoon. Finally, I’d get home and listen to any new music I got that day or something relaxing while chilling at home.
The last releases I’ve listened to a lot of are Tears For Fears’ Songs From The Big Chair Deluxe Edition, The Beatles’ 1, and Foreigner’s Double Vision: Then And Now Live. All are surround sound releases. Songs From The Big Chair is revelatory in surround sound, Double Vision is a realistic concert experience, and 1 is disappointing with some weak surround mixes of some of The Beatles’ big songs.
Being stuck at home, I’ve reconnected with the making music side rather than just listening. I’m picking the guitar back up and re-learning basic chords that I’ve forgotten how to play in the years since I stopped learning on the guitar. There’s a cool site named JustinGuitar.com that is free and lessons have been useful so far. I really need to take my guitar in for maintenance and I’ve been looking at guitars I don’t need. I really want an SG and the Epiphone SG Standard or Epiphone SG Standard ’61 are what I’m looking at right now.
I’m still playing the drums. My Roland TD-1DMK serves me well and I’ve been playing with Toontrack’s EZDrummer 2 for a bigger variety of sounds with my edrums.
Speaking of EZDrummer 2, Toontrack’s EZKeys is also something I’ve been experimenting with. I recently ordered a cheap MIDI keyboard to play around with EZKeys and Hybrid 3, a software synthesizer I got years ago. I want to learn all of the instruments!
I’m trying to stick to a practice routine with guitar. It’s the instrument I’ve always wanted to play well but it’s always been out of reach for one reason or another. I’m hoping that once COVID-19’s impact has lessened and society returns to a semblance of normalcy, I can jam with my friends in-person and have some fun.
In the meantime, I’m trying to stay current on new releases and will keep posting my weekly album picks. I hope all of you are finding ways to keep yourself occupied during this time. I hope music can be a source of solace for everyone.