Music And The Pandemic: A Way To Bridge The Gap

I have written a number of times about the effects of the pandemic and how it has affected my mental health. Even if you don’t write or do anything like this, I’m guessing you have described the pandemic in a way that describes how it has specifically affected you and your mental health. At least in thought if not out loud. We all were living one way, always trying to figure out the next hurdle or speed bump or boost in our lives, and then WHAM…the world changed and became a lot more confusing.

This world has always been confusing. I know I don’t always get what is going on and then the world said, “hold my beer”. And flipped itself up-side down. Buckle up folks! I feel like I didn’t even get a chance to buckle my seatbelt let alone grab onto to something to brace myself. And then the feeling of free falling set in. Good luck with that! Except we all needed this good luck and we needed each other and then we couldn’t be with each other in the name of safety.

Thank God for music.

Music has always been my sanity. Music has always fit in somehow and someway. Music, for me, has been the best way to bridge the gap and have a feeling of closeness again.

It is so easy to get wound up in all of the negativity of the pandemic. It has effected all of us in someway. Either you’ve had the virus or you’ve known someone who has had it. You’ve known loved ones who have gone into the hospital and have fought and won and you’ve also been on the losing end where a loved one fought and then passed on. Sometimes they have died alone with nobody by their side. How can we not get caught up in the negativity? So much of the pandemic hasn’t made sense. We don’t adjust well when things are not clear.

Even in the confusion of all of this, we need some positives as well. How can there be positives when there has been so much sadness, anger, and loss?

Sometimes, we have to dig for it. There are some there. If there are negatives, there has to be positives as well. It’s how the world works. At least it’s how my wanna-be-philosophical mind wants to believe. For every action there is a reaction. With one side there has to be another side.

Enter music.

The one positive we don’t have to dig for.

Recently, a friend of mine tagged me in a post on Facebook. He was sharing a cover version of Led Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks”. Phenomenal song off of maybe the best album of all time. It was a collaboration of musicians from around the world who were playing all different sorts of instruments in this interpretation of the song. None of them were in the same room. They also had the great John Paul Jones playing bass on it!

As I was listening and watching, my brain got churning. I’ve really enjoyed watching these types of performances throughout the pandemic. I really enjoy the togetherness I have felt. Though the distance of the musicians, the song they played sounded as if they were in the same room and were right on the other side of my speakers. It felt great. It felt close in all of this distance.

Here is what I wrote:

One thing the pandemic has taught me is even through all of the isolation and the added distance between each other. We can still be connected. We can still be close.

I have watched a ton of music especially at the beginning of the pandemic. I’ve watched a lot of music that was performed live for one reason or another. Some of it was to bring awareness to the pandemic and some of it was done to just entertain us and give us hope that we will get through this.

The striking thing to me is how much of the performances where done with the musicians not being in the same room. Musicians respecting the recommendations for controlling the pandemic. But they played on.

Through modes of modern virtual communication and video, they made it happen. I have seen people from all over the world performing together as if they where in the same concert hall.

We have felt so much distance, loneliness, hopelessness, and isolation. There were times it felt like even my neighbors where a million miles away. And then these performances started popping up. Someone in California, someone in Africa, someone in Norway could be playing together and so many other performances from all over the world brought together to unite us once more through music. Using whatever means necessary to provide us with that “one room” feel while being spread out across the globe.

I have felt so distant and isolated throughout the pandemic. We all have to some degree or another. Leave it to music to come through for us again. When all of these performances came together and the song was played, the distance ceased to exist. You could see where they were from, but at the moment the music started they were all together and I was right there with them watching. Listening.

I never doubted that music would come through. It always does. It doesn’t matter the situation. Music will always fit in somehow. Only music could bring people from across the globe together and erase the distance we have felt.

Whether you are one of the musicians or just a someone like me. You may not be someone like me, but music always wins in the end. We may be alike or we may be completely different, but music bridges the gap. Music always brings us together.

There is no distance when the music is playing. So strike up the band! Music has our back!

Music does have our back! It has gotten mine many many times. I count on it. My mental wellbeing counts on it. Music has bridged a ton of gaps in my life including the enormous gap we have felt during the pandemic. Music is the perfect guide. Well, God is the perfect guide, but I think you get what I mean!

You Got This! I Got This! We Got This! Let’s keep walking this path together!

Have a great day!

Jason

Come visit me over at the new rockingmentalhealth.com. We have a variety of creative works made by folks like you and me. People who are dealing daily with their mental health. They have provided their stories and experiences through a variety of options. Blogs, Podcasts, Music, Videos, Art, Books, and more. I am always looking to add new creators. Any mental health bloggers out there? I know there are. I would love to help you spread your mental health awareness mission with others by sharing your blog site. Let me know at jason.kehl@rockingmentalhealth.com and I can give you more details.

Published by Jason Kehl

Nurse, artist, musician. One I have done professionally and two that I have not😉. I enjoy creating art and music as a hobby. I do it mostly because it helps me to feel better or express something that I feel inside. I am a believer in Mental Health Awareness. My goal is to throw myself out there in hopes that someone sees it and can gain the strength to seek help or keep working on themselves. We are an unfinished product! That's OK!

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