What happens when music making as we know it disappears—when the very act of singing together or going to a concert becomes dangerous? And then, how and why does music continue to function as an important tool for bringing people together? In a year defined by life under quarantine and social distancing, and a public reckoning about centuries of systemic racism and the calls for social justice, our experiences with music—to pray, to heal, to express sorrow and joy, to show solidarity and to protest, to celebrate loved ones, and to mourn—have changed dramatically.
People are finding new ways to enjoy and make music together, from balcony and backyard recitals to live streaming experiences to virtual choirs of individually recorded performances. Music has maintained a vital role in our collective experience, despite, or perhaps because of, the challenging circumstances that we face.
How has your experience with music changed in 2020?