As you know, there is a lot of uncertainty and worry right now concerning the COVID-19 virus. Reports suggest that it's highly contagious and deadlier than the flu. People over the age of 60 seem to be the most vulnerable. Wait a minute...that's us! That would also be more than a few of you reading this. We've heard younger people calling it 'Boomer Remover' which is both terribly funny and terribly terrible at the same time. As musicians, our living depends on drawing crowds but right now, drawing crowds is dangerous and frankly irresponsible. That is so weird to write, and it goes completely against the grain of our work ethic. In 40 years, the only job we ever canceled was to allow Ezra to be at the hospital for the birth of his daughter, Dana Louise.
Right now, we're going to be cautious. Our agent Larry and his partner Robin are working overtime to reschedule our upcoming March and April concerts. We feel like this could help reduce the risk of us and our fans being exposed to this pandemic. This was not an easy decision, but we believe it's necessary. Let's beat this thing together! We will find ways of delivering some fresh Trout to you to help make your personal quarantine more pleasant. We've all got to do our part to help each other through it. We'll keep you updated through the newsletter, our website, and Facebook as new dates are scheduled.
Our friend Chris Munson wrote this to his music students:
"Sometimes change is swift and unexpected.
If you are feeling uncertain about what the immediate future holds I'd like to offer you some encouragement.
Take a moment to try and reframe your perspective. Time is a precious commodity. You now have more of it to work with.
Be self-motivated. Pick up your instrument and practice.
Spend your time online researching your craft.
Try contacting one of your favorite artists, performers, composers, or producers. They've got a lot of time on their hands right now, too. Diamonds are created under tremendous pressure.
Take this time as an opportunity to return better than when you left."
Even if you're not a musician, these thoughts apply. Contact friends, work on projects that you've put off. Let's use this time! We're including a handy hand-washing chart that will show you how to sing along with Emily Kaitz's song "Pico de Gallo" while washing your hands. This is a skill we can all use! If you'd like to share some Trout with friends or family, we're offering 15% off on all Trout stuff. Use promo code TFIA15 at checkout.