For the April 2020 RPM Challenge, I decided to make a new persona. It’s my pop rock persona, for making songs with actual lyrics and singing. And a month-long deadline to get my first release done seemed like as good a time as any to go forward with it.
You may have heard of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus that’s sweeping the globe. Welp, what it means for me so far is working from home, schools closed, and a general unrest and fear of The Outside.
The whole family is at home: wife on support calls, child playing in her room, and me at a makeshift standing desk in our bedroom. Played some board games with a friend using Tabletopia last night for the first time. Reading the news is depressing. Seeing notices about everything closing and people “sheltering in place” is weird.
You think post-apocalyptic stuff like Fallout is fun to play, right? Well, we ain’t even close to it yet, and I already know it ain’t fun to live. Thankfully, our world has infrastructure to allow for me to keep working and getting paid so we can hole up in our house for who knows how long, but not everyone has that luxury. The food, shipping, utility, waste management, and healthcare industries are the real heroes right now, cuz we all still want our stuff, our health, and our junk to be taken away. So, thank you!
For now, my job is basically the same, and I’m fairly introverted anyway, so staying inside and playing games and watching TV and making music will hold me for a long time. Extreme extroverts? I feel for you now.
I’m pretty sure the US is still in the beginning stages of this pandemic, and the worst is yet to come. Let’s just hope we can weather it.
Some basic info, to catch up for many years of no blogging:
I’m about to turn 39 in a few days
I have a daughter who recently turned 5
I’m going to celebrate my 10 year wedding anniversary next month
I still program (https://github.com/michaelchadwick)
I still work by the beach (https://scripps.ucsd.edu), and have since mid-2016
I’m still in a band (https://flylikevenus.com)
I still make my own music, too (https://nebyoolae.com)
I still own a dog, who is now almost 9 years old
Skimming through my wife’s old blog, I was reminded of the joy that typing out some words every once in a while can bring. Sure, Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and WhatHaveYou have all been around for years, and essentially serve the purpose of broadcast journaling. However, they are all about the micro soundbite, and not about the mulling of thoughts over various paragraphs that blogging brings to the table. I’d like to get back to it.
Think of this post as a new beginning (again), as I once again get back into the (good) habit. For now, I must away to pick up the Small Human and possibly play some Katamari on the Nintendo Switch.
The homepage of Nebyoolae Music, modeled after Bandcamp
I haven’t been putting a lot of work into making music lately, but I have been tinkering with a new site that catalogs all the works I’ve done over the last 20+ years. It’s not done yet (still needs a copious amount of tedious data entry), but it’s worth checking out.