Breath in, breath out. Smile more, worry less. Read more books, write more songs. Walk the dog more without the cell phone in hand. Start the book I know I have in me. Fix the the things I promised the wife I would fix months ago. Organize my office and music room like I promised. But before I do this there are a few things I need to do first as this dystopian reality unfolds.
As an independent musician and my own webmaster I'll immediately update the calendar so that I'm responsible to the fans letting them know which shows are canceled. That's all of them for the time being including my 2020 JAM EuroTour which originally slated for mid-May to mid-June including shows in Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, back through Switzerland ending in France. Of course, I'll keep sharing the good news like the nomination for Western Swing Song of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, the radio spins from Texas and international stations, and the recent feature on the Texas Standard (https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/after-a-fateful-knee-injury-this-singer-traded-his-tennis-shoes-for-cowboy-boots/).
As a independent musician I'll explore all of the revenue streams available that don't involve performing in front of an live audience. I've got a storage room full of CDs (I've recorded 14 albums, including my most recent For the Love of Western Swing & Other Love Songs) that I'll sell through my own website and CD Baby. I'll create USB thumb drives for $75 of all 14 albums for fans who'd like a music format that will play in their new vehicles and in their homes with no CD player (order one at email@example.com). I can book future house concerts (book one at firstname.lastname@example.org) for fans across the world so that I'm in full stride when the chaos subsides.
Furthermore, I'll still do concerts from my home and create a revenue stream using an online PayPal Tip Jar so as not to inadvertenly expose my family, myself, or my fans to Covid-19.
This Saturday, March 19th, at 3:00 p.m. Texas Standard Time, 21:00 for most Europeans, Chris Reeves, Kurt Baumer and I will stream a concert live from my home in the Texas Hill Country overlooking Lake L.B.J. and the Colorado River.
As a husband and a family man I absolutely need to find a way to keep this "Home Made of Stone" I've built for my wife by exploring all of the ways to make ends meet including applying for grants from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, making mortgage loan modifications with Bank of America or even possibly refinancing at the current lower interest rates, asking deferments on certain bills, etc.
After I do all of these things Yvonna and I will be fine. And, I wish you could see the smile on her face when I do all of her honey do's like replacing the rusty shower curtain bar, like reorganizing my product room, like cleaning the clutter in my office...