Guest article by New York saxophonist Daniel Bennett We win and we don't even know it yet.Creatives solve problems. When your sink leaks, you call a plumber. The plumber is not just "optimistic" about the job. They are confident because they know how to work things out.I was on tour when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. My band had just finished album C级执行名单 release gigs at Blue Note in New York and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London. I lost two months of concerts in the blink of an eye.I teach at Bloomingdale's School of Music and at the New York Jazz Academy in Times Square. I uploaded all of my teaching activity within hours of closing. I gave myself an hour to feel sad. Then I started fixing things.
Here are a few tips:1. Stop "dial" every day in quarantineWe see it every five minutes on social networks: "Day 25 and I'm still in bed!" OK, that's funny for a minute. We are all a little crazy. But at some point, you have to move on. You are not a caged animal. You are not defined by the walls of your apartment. Counting your days in quarantine will only add to your madness.
We have a life on earth. Every minute counts! I have an older friend who receives chemotherapy treatments every day. He lives alone in Manhattan. He goes to the hospital every day for treatment. When he returns home, he focuses on living life to the fullest. He's not on social media complaining about his daily quarantine. If he can do it, we have no excuse!2. You're not on "pause"
This has been the subject of much debate on social media. A recent New York Times headline read, "Stop Trying to Be Productive." You can throw things at me, but I think that title is garbage. What we need now is smart, compassionate productivity.I have two children. My wife and I are homeschooling our children now. We also help them with their online courses in public schools. It is my duty to take care of my family. It is also my responsibility to stay productive with my musical work so that I can continue to provide for my family.Hitting "pause" is not an option for me. I book new tours, track online sales, train and compose music every day. I respond to emails and am in tune with social media. I don't watch Netflix excessively.