"Unvarnished and intimate (...) but then sounds like she's about to part the Dead Sea"  

The Boston Globe

Let’s get real for a moment.

Most of you probably follow me because you like live music. Maybe you like Della MaeSay Darling or even my Celia Woodsmith solo stuff.

Della Mae is currently out of work for going on two months, and that could get extended at any moment.
I am luckier than many of my peers. I have a partner with a stable job and we have some savings. But, many musicians I know do not have these safety nets. Many musicians who you love are wondering right now how they are going to pay their rent, their health insurance, van payment....or put food on the table. Many musicians you know have put thousands on credit cards for upcoming tours they will no longer receive income from.

If we do not self isolate NOW musicians might be out of work for four months, five months.....maybe longer. Festivals will go under permanently, and bandmates will have to get other jobs. The experience of live music that you love will be diminished.

How we address this moment could permanently decide the landscape of touring musicians and the music that you consume. We cannot keep going if concerts continue getting canceled. We cannot keep bringing you a night out, a sweaty dance party, human emotion, and connection, if you do not take this moment seriously.

Please, if you can, for the sake of the future of the arts, stay home. Stop going to the gym, the salon, talk to your friends on FaceTime and learn to make fancy cocktails for yourself.

This is a defining moment for our world. Let us meet this moment with calm, determined pragmatism. There is nothing to prove, no political point worth dunking right now.

We can do this but we must do it together.

Please enjoy this Dylan tune, sung years ago with some of the best people I know.

It's Not Dark Yet (but it's getting there)

With Clinton Curtis, Blaire Rainhard, Gray Reinhard, Justin Goldner, Jamie Eblen

ALSO

If you feel like supporting musicians during this tough time there are a few things you can do.

1. BUY merchandise, straight from the artist if possible. Send me a DM if you would like an album, vinyl or handwriten lyrics.

2. Donate to the musician directly. My venmo is @Celia-Woods-Smith and paypal is cwoodsmith@gmail.com

3. Follow live streams and enjoy music from the comfort of your own home. There will be many opportunities popping up so keep your eyes peeled.

4. If you had concert tickets please consider donating the amount of the refund directly to the band.

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