Happy 50th Earth Day!
Is that a thing we usually celebrate? Not as much as we celebrate music and concerts. But it seems apt this week. Because quarantine has been eye-opening.
In the last four weeks since we were ordered home en masse, the planet has become an environmentally more livable place. Pollution levels have gone down, leading to cleaner air in major cities for the first time in decades. Even if, as a friend in Los Angeles wagged, we still have to wear masks while we enjoy it.
Something to think about this Earth Day as we wait for the situation to change. It helps to look for, and find, the upside. And there are some, we’re happy to report.
Our Friends of VCS partners – Bards Alley bookstore and Caffe Amouri – can continue to bring the world to you a book (or eBook!) or a cup at a time. And since candy and cake improve just about any situation, you can get in touch with Cocoa Vienna and Nothing Bundt Cakes (Vienna). Those folks didn’t need a pandemic to wash hands regularly, and curbside pick-up is a beautiful thing.
And if you want music, there’s plenty still to be had!
We’ve been singing our way through this and to one another from the start, from balconies and across rooftops. And the more we own this current normal, the more we dive into music – including singers from VCS – to make the waiting more bearable. It’s not quite the same as a live performance, but it sure reminds us of why we can’t wait to sing and hold a concert for you again.
Stay healthy, and may your music players be full of whatever gives your heart wings,
In community and music,
– all of us at VCS