We all know how terrible the Covid shutdown affected live music. Fortunately in New England, a group of musicians formed the New England Musicians’ Relief Fund, https://www.nemrf.org which helps our performing musicians during a huge loss of work. This organization continues to help those of us who have still not recovered from the financial loss of work. I made a video for their site, and to bring awareness to our dire straits.
Personally, the loss of work, and the silence, caused me to reconsider my entire life style. Honestly, my expenses living in Boston were going to be a huge struggle, so I thought about where I could live that would be beautiful, affordable, and still be able to live in a place where I could continue to teach at Berklee, live in a state with politics that I agree with, and have access to great medical care. I want to stay in Massachusetts.
In September of 2020, I moved to a beautiful place in the Berkshires. Having been a Tanglewood fellow way back in 1980, and having played numerous performances at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony organization, I felt inspired to be here. We are now teaching in person at Berklee, so I take a bus to/from home to Boston, staying overnight to fulfill my commitments and my passion for teaching. It is working, for now, and I come home to a really peaceful place!
(watch video below)