As we enter our seventh week of talking about live music without public performances, it's so appropriate to be starting the month of May. And that's only because I've referred to it as the month of Maybe for years and now May is very much a maybe month.
To give proper intellectual credit, Jim Schniepp, currently a pharmacist at Rush Hospital in Chicago in the thick of the pandemic, used to make annual calendars with funny names for all the months and pass them out to friends. At the time he was the guitarist for Backwards Day, the original rock-punk-whatever band, with cohorts Scott Faingold, Tim Harte and Ted Smith. As a good and abiding artist, I promptly stole his idea for a song title and cassette album called Under a Maybe Moon and have since referred to May as the merry month of Maybe.
With qualified people working to keep this situation under control, many other folks seem to have different ideas, creating a time that feels very much like a maybe moment. In the meantime, I'm at home, averaging four Facebook Live shows each week, connecting with friends here and all over the country, plus writing new songs and learning other people's tunes, all while watching the world go 'round and hoping it keeps on rolling without falling off the edge.
On our area scene, the online performances continue to grow and we're catching up with the national trend. I'm not sure how many of you have been checking out the live streams, replayed concerts and other music shows that are currently available online, but the number, content and array is staggering. Just a simple Google search of "live streaming concerts" brings up links to lists from Billboard, NPR and the Grammys for connections to major artists and countless smaller sites with lesser-known acts doing their thing. I realize bands are left out of this equation and only small acoustic combos or solo acts can really do this under proper guidelines, but that's the way it goes for now.
For local shows, The Deep Hollow (spaced apart in a secure location) hits Facebook Live at 7 p.m. this Thursday. As Liz, Micah and Dave get together for their second online show, they're dedicating half of their virtual tips to Staff Meals, the community group run by Brian Reilly of Cured Catering to aid laid-off restaurant workers and others. On Sunday, Idle Oath, the wife and husband team of Karen Nickerson and Mark Beanblossom swear to be on their YouTube channel at 3 p.m., while Jobe Shores, the folk-based, original songwriter from west of here goes on Facebook Live at 5 p.m. Visit our IT live music listings for several other online happenings.
The last paragraph goes to Kevin "Hipbone Sam" Hawkins and excerpts from his Monday post on the Jack Flash Facebook page in memoriam to singer, entertainer and friend, Heather "Billie Daniels" Mundhenke, who lost her battle with cancer, Sunday, April 26, at the age of 40. "The world has lost a shining star and heaven has gained a new angel. Yesterday, our friend and bandmate succumbed to her battle with cancer. She was a fighter with a great spirit determined to keep a positive attitude no matter what. She spread light throughout with her energy and smile. Her passion for excellence, unique style and motivation to always do her best made her loved by many. Our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who were lucky enough to experience her wonderful soul. Rest in Peace dear Heather... We will always love you and miss you."
Until next week's May-be arrives...