Under normal circumstances, right about now, I’d be at High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA, with my family & friends safely (i.e., wearing my custom hearing musician’s earplugs) enjoying incredible live music in the mountain sun and star-filled nights!
But because of the virus, High Sierra was canceled, and instead, I’m sheltered at home listening to amazing musical memories from High Sierra’s past.
Unsurprisingly, it’s very bittersweet.
Even though the pandemic is a very large dark cloud, it has produced some small “silver linings” (and hopefully eventually some larger ones).
In this instance, to acknowledge and celebrate what would have been High Sierra’s 30th anniversary, the producers reached back into their vault to stream amazing performances from Festivals past over the four days we would have been jamming together.
One particular performance I’ve always wanted to hear again was a late afternoon set in 2003 by the great Steve Winwood (Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith).
It was just as amazing as I remember it!
I’ve been using my custom in-ear-monitors with my iPhone, and the fidelity they produce sounds amazing.
It was like I was sitting right next to him on the Grandstand Stage! If you’re a music lover and ever want to treat yourself, in-ear-monitors are pretty amazing. Feel free to give me a call, and I can give you the lowdown.
I’ve had a great pleasure and fortune to see so many talented musicians who have graced High Sierra’s stages, some who are sadly no longer with us (Merl Saunders, Dr. John).
For me and many others, summer has always been a time for live music. So much of “normal” life has been upended by this pandemic. I feel like I’ve been one of the lucky ones who’ve been able to continue doing what I love, caring for my patients.
My heart goes out to professional musicians, sound/light engineers, etc. – no concerts, no work. The money I’ve invested in music has reaped untold riches for my spirit.
Right now, I’m listening to Toots and the Maytals from 2012 with a big smile on my face! I mention this to encourage folks who are lucky enough to be in a place to give to think about supporting these hard-working folks who give us so much joy.
Once we’ve finally licked this coronavirus thing (figuratively speaking, of course), we can get back to some serious musical release! Till then, enjoy all the “silver linings” you can, and remember your neighbors and community.
We’ll all get through this together, and maybe just come out stronger when we do.
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How Can You Help Your Community?
While it’s generally perceived that hearing loss disproportionately affects “older” people who’ve lived dynamic, energetic lives, now younger folks are a surprisingly at-risk group for hearing loss.
And we’ve seen younger public figures speaking about their issues with hearing loss – will-i-am, Halle Berry, Stephen Colbert, to name a few.
Now, it’s certainly important when public figures detail/highlight their experiences of hearing loss in the media. But for most folks (myself included), the experience of a loved one (family/friend) or trusted caregiver is vital.
As you know, the road to better hearing and a more connected life really does begin with just a simple test. If you are in a position to help someone by sharing your story with them, it can make a world of difference. Especially right now when communication and connection are all we have.
Encourage someone you suspect might be struggling with some hearing loss to contact the Center today to schedule an appointment or just get some helpful information. As you know, we’re always ready to help.
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