Friday, March 27, 2020

BREATHE DEEP | Live-Streaming

As we practice social distancing, all of us who remain healthy can help ourselves and others by taking a moment to breathe deep and appreciate the love and joy we share, if remotely. Toward that end, we’re scheduling posts that uplift, guide, and unite us in these difficult times.

From the Washington Post, this on the power of live-streamed music: 

"On Saturday morning, a familiar sound filled the stale semi-silence of my new work-from-home reality: my friend and fellow reporter Miguel Ot├írola spinning records on a shaky live stream from his Minneapolis apartment. Like D.C., the Twin Cities are shutting down. We’re all cooped up, maybe working too much. We’re self-isolated, and we feel that way, too. Enter music. Miguel is spending his outbreak downtime DJing and making music — live, online, in Mister Rogers sweaters, bringing the Internet archipelago of his friends together under a single soundtrack. He played an eclectic set Saturday, but the message was the same no matter what was on: You’re not alone. Music calms us, transports us. Miguel says, “It can bring in light, open up a room, give you energy.” And we could all use that. This is probably happening in your corner of social media, too, as more artists and tinkerers turn to live-streaming to keep the music spreading." — Reis Thebault