Kathryn here. Pre-Covid, I would listen to music every day on my way to work, in the office, and on my way home or to dinner with friends at a restaurant (remember when that was a thing?!). I would hear it in the halls at work (San Francisco Opera), go see concerts, or catch some live jazz. In March when everything shut down in San Francisco, I started working from home and my commute became non-existent. Concerts were cancelled. I wasn’t surrounded by music in the halls of the opera house. Instead, I went from Zoom meeting to Zoom meeting with no time in between and by the time I stopped working, all I wanted to do was eat and go to bed. So music left my daily routine for a while.
It came back to me when I decided one night in July to watch a recording from NY Phil of YoYo Ma performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in 1995. The music swelled up inside of me, and, however corny this sounds, I recognized that I was missing the healing power of music in my life.
Since that evening music, especially pop music, has come back into my daily life, and I’ve been catching up on some of the incredible albums that have come out this year from Phoebe Bridgers’ Punisher and Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Boltcutters to Taylor Swift’s folklore and Sarah Dooley’s Is This Heartbreak? I’m still digging into new albums from Sufjan Stevens, Perfume Genius, Lianne La Havas, HAIM, Jyoti, and Moses Sumney, along with all of the other albums the larger TIA community has been listening to.
What music have you been listening to this year? What has brought you joy or to tears? Or made you want to dance? Let me know, I’m ready to dance.
And looking towards 2021, I hope to experience some live music!
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