I know, I know, I know . . .a music video from the Squirrel Nut Zippers during this dark time is pretty dark, so let’s go back to when I went to see Squirrel Nut Zipper’s and realized it was before I met my concert-wife. I guess with all the news around Covid-19 forcing the United States of America to alter their Thanksgiving plans, it’s nice to look back on those moments when travel and concerts and in person gatherings were safe.

I’ve turned mi esposa into a fan of Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds through Farm Aid- (Hershey, Chicago, Burgettstown) add in shows in East Troy, and OAK, Blossom with the full band and QRO. During the years of Stadiums there was RFK, PNC Park, Fenway, Wrigley and Three Rivers. Thanks to mi esposa de DMB: I’ve been able to hit up shows in CLE, BNA, LGA, NEW, MKE, RFK, PHL, PIT, IND, Hershey, UVA. Add in Hil and there were shows in CLT and RDU. Even that one time in Raleigh on center ice where that something something was going on under the dress.

Now with lockdown in place again going to the Gorge somehow goes up on the list.

Music can be a great escape. Since March there have been Amos Lee, DMB, Alanis Morissette, Farm Aid and Carl Wockner concerts live from home. Somehow yesterday I remembered that Squirrel Nut Zipper phase. It’s nice to know that Le Grippe ripped up their big 2020 tour. I’m wondering if the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is going to release a special night of Holiday Pops?

Theater also has an amazing ability to help us look at our current reality and ponder the meaning of life as we see it. We’ve done Play’s at Home! We’ve taken in a play about Edward Snowden live from East Brady. I’m thinking at some point we’ll need to plan a virtual Nutcracker.

As I double check my list for cooking this Thanksgiving, I can’t help but take a minute to be thankful for all the great people in my life now and who helped make those holidays so special in times past.

Peace and Love, Peace and Love.

Remember to lead with kindness and love since everybody right now is fighting their own battles in these unprecedented times.

While in person holiday events are continuing to be cancelled, remember that connecting with others and sharing love is NOT.

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