Being Seen without a Scene
Margarita Cruz, local writer and journalist, wrote about the current music scene in Flagstaff in her article – The Art of Song: On Continuing. I’m one of the featured musicians. Keen!
I guess I’m not the only one feeling the lack of live music. I barely go downtown anymore, there is almost no reason to be there. It’s expensive anyway, and without much music, it’s not much fun. I did ride my bike into town and dropped off my ballot yesterday – that was exciting. But really, not much going on. I think the locals have retreated – I didn’t see anyone I knew. Phoenicians and students are the norm these days.
Here’s an excerpt of Margarita’s article:
The weekends in downtown Flagstaff lately have been full of crowds, masses of whispering and laughing. It almost feels normal. But it’s still a little too quiet.
Where did the music go? Flagstaff is normally a chorus of voices. A guitar in the alleyway, a late night show in our favorite coffee shop, a rambunctious set of drums echoing from a dimly-lit bar. During the pandemic, musicians have been unable to do what they love, but they’re finding other ways to share their music . . .
“Sharing music is sharing time, and literally vibrations—it’s intimate and fortifying. Not performing is a real loss for me—emotionally, socially, creatively and financially,” local musician Holly Troy of the Lofi Sofias and the Conduits says.