"...no they can't Take away our Music."
With many of my friends doing streaming concerts, seminars, and other social distancing activities, I wanted to remind you all to pay close attention to the security features of whatever platform you are using. There are a lot of really nasty people out there with nothing to do but make trouble.
Zoom in particular has had security vulnerabilities and one of my friends just had a presentation ruined. Zoom recently updated their SW with better security features so before you use it again, make sure you have passwords enabled and in general have your presentation buttoned down. Don't take anything for granted - every platform is different and they all have vulnerabilities if you don't use them carefully.
Our "connectedness" is more important than ever now. As with health precautions, the health of our virtual interactions is dependent on each of us being "mindful" of what we're doing and vigilant in protecting ourselves from the viruses, germs, and general nasties - human and otherwise.
The Portal is far from done - lots of musicians to add, fixing up to be done, probably broken links and who knows what but I wanted to get *something* up. Our friends are scheduling online events and all sorts of projects every day. Just click on the "Musician's Portal" menu to see what's there so far. I've cut 'n pasted from newsletters, Facebook posts, and whatever else crossed monitor. Have a look and I hope you'll visit and listen and yes, throw some money in the virtual guitar case. This is the new economy!
I make no warranty of accuracy, links working, nuthin' - but welcome feedback to help me build this. Phase one is just to get all the CB Music and local musicians listed. A "do it yourself" online community can be added but having spent considerable time entering stuff in events calendars I know how onerous that task can be and my purpose is to help, not hinder. Making it up as I go along...
Performing musicians will be hard hit due to the social restrictions we're facing to slow contagion and control the virus. Gigs and tours are being cancelled. Many of my friends are already planning streaming concerts and such to try offset their loss of income.
I had originally intended to start adding "mini-pages" featuring CB Music artists before the virus showed up. I still plan to do that, but in the meantime, I hope everyone will be buying CDs and whatever else might help through this time of live music famine. The more successful we are in delaying the "peak" will save more lives, but will prolong the "social distancing" etc. needed to keep numbers within our medical capacity. Ideally for life saving, that extends the precautions into August.
In the meantime - a consideration for all in shifting more of our activity online, and especially for those planning streaming concerts:
"...I'm on an iceberg running free.
Sitting, filing this berg to the shape of a ship..." "Odessa" - Bee Gees