Yep, life’s pretty fucking challenging right now. I’m not going to sit here and describe how life has taken a giant fucking shit on us as a society this year. It has been especially challenging for musicians, venues, bars, and virtually anyone involved in the music scene. More than that, it has affected anyone who pure and simply just loves music. I’ve dealt with my fair share of personal struggle over it this year. From having next to no live music, zero summer concerts/festivals, getting locked out of my jam space, and having no access to my drums for the majority of 2020; I’m so butt hurt over it all, it hurts me deep within the soul, it hurts me in the deepest part of my butt hole soul! And I know if you’re reading this you are likely also experiencing said butt hole soul pain. Well, I’m not a therapist. I took one psychology class years ago in college, and I’m no shaman, as much as I’m down for some mushroom tea or Ayahuasca. But I’m gonna tell you what I’ve been doing to keep music a meaningful part of my life through all this cunt of a year! Perhaps some of it will seem obvious to you, but you just need some reaffirmation? Or you can just say, “fuck off Lee, you stupid hippie,” to which I say. “bruh, harsh your fucking mellow, don’t be hating on my vibe hombre.”
The first one is, no doubt, the most obvious. Listen to more music! Chances are you have more free time and artists are still releasing new shit. Pop those mother fucking headphones on everywhere you go. Standing in line at the grocery store or the SQDC, walking that dog, or cat or raccoon, confined to your bedroom, make a fucking soundtrack to your self-isolation. It doesn’t even have to be new stuff! This is the perfect time to dig into some old band you’ve always thought about but never made the time for. I got into the Grateful Dead this summer; I always found them daunting and I mean they have probably 100 albums but now is the perfect time for that shit. Hell, discover a whole new genre! Get into Brazillian psychedelic music.
Second, no live concerts? Tune in to a band’s live feed. Trust me, I know… it’s not the same and I’ve spent a few futile hours bitching about my connection, lag and crashes but it’s the best we have right now, and the bands will appreciate the fuck outta that. Remember their butt hole soul is hurting too. Your support now will fuel inspiration for the fruitful years we have ahead of us. Speaking of support, buy merch. You still need shirts and Walmart and Amazon seem to be doing pretty ok these days, so order one off of Bandcamp.
Number three, get at those other types of media. Live concert DVDs, watch videos on YouTube, get a book on a band you’ve always been interested in, music bios and movies, podcasts, make a cool playlist on Spotify, hear a song you think a friend might like? Send them that shit! Get the conversations going and keep the music flowing. Check out the Bucketlist live Instagram and website! We’re still shooting the shit twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) on music and pumping out all kinds of content.
Point number four loko, keep playing that instrument or brewing that creativity. I realize times are tough but creativity breeds positivity. My drums are presently collecting dust in the corner of my living room, I’ve taken to laying out rudiments on a damn pillow, but we gotta take what we can get in this trying year. Whip out that acoustic, get yourself a keyboard or electronic drums if you can and if the neighbours complain, they are fascists and can go fuck themselves.
I think that’s about all I’m going to say, I don’t want this to turn into a lecture or anything, I just want it to come across as a little motivational text. We’ll get through this, we already are and once we get back to regular concerts and venues get back to kicking at a hundred percent, it’s going to be the best times of our lives!
Written by Lee Ferguson
*Edited by Dominic Abate