Times Like These

“The coronavirus pandemic has reduced today’s live music to unflattering little windows that look like doorbell security footage and sound like Neil Armstrong’s distorted transmissions from the moon … Don’t get me wrong … I know that those of us who don’t have to work in hospitals or deliver packages are the lucky ones, but still, I’m hungry for a big old plate of sweaty, ear-shredding, live rock and roll, ASAP. The kind that makes your heart race, your body move, and your soul stir with passion.” There are perhaps no public gatherings more emblematic of what we’re missing during quarantine—and no events that seem more distant right now—than live music. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) in The Atlantic on The Day the Live Concert Returns. “It’s hard to imagine sharing experiences like these ever again. I don’t know when it will be safe to return to singing arm in arm at the top of our lungs, hearts racing, bodies moving, souls bursting with life. But I do know that we will do it again, because we have to. It’s not a choice. We’re human. We need moments that reassure us that we are not alone. That we are understood. That we are imperfect. And, most important, that we need each other.” (All My Life I’ve been going to concerts until Covid threw a Monkey Wrench into our world. Whoever comes up with a vaccine will be My Hero and we’ll all Learn to Fly again.)

+ The Foo Fighter’s “Times Like These” would make a decent anthem to play when concerts come back: It’s times like these you learn to live again / It’s times like these you give and give again / It’s times like these you learn to love again / It’s times like these time and time again. … Since we don’t have concerts, let’s at least have an edition of NextDraft with all song title headlines.

+ Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car: The first step back into live music will look a little different. Live Nation Brings Drive-In Concerts To Denmark.

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