Dulcimers In The Time Of COVID-19

Walnut and sassafras dulcimer by Doug Berch

My day-to-day life during the COVID-19 pandemic is in many ways similar to my day-to-day life before the COVID-19 pandemic.

My dulcimer workshop is on the second floor of the house and I have a few power tools in the basement. There are stacks of wood on the porch and in the attic. There is not much of a line between my life and my work and this makes me happy.

As my health allows (an ongoing adventure) I make dulcimers, make music with dulcimers and other instruments, give music lessons via live streaming, go for walks on a nearby trail, and spend a lot of time at home.

My wife has been able to work from home during Michigan’s “Stay-At-Home” order and we easily adjusted to spending more time together during the day. The biggest challenge, which was actually very small, was figuring out how we could both be comfortable in the house while simultaneously talking on the phone or having streaming video chats with people who are not each other. No biggie. We got married years ago because we like being together and that hasn’t changed.

I have been posting less on this blog because, like many bloggers writing about a certain topic for many years, there are fewer new adventures to report. Life and work go on and on.

I have been using Instagram far more for regular updates of work in progress. I am still hoping to post videos of my music here as I get better at making them with my phone. On a good day when the planets are aligned I have been able to record videos where you can see me, the dulcimer being played, and hear the music I’m making with clarity and decent sound quality. Unfortunately, the planets are not aligned on all days and I often get frustrated trying to make a decent video. I’m working on it.

Most importantly, I hope you are well and safe and getting by as well as one can during this strange and challenging time.

We are all in this together. Let’s take care of each other.

2 thoughts on “Dulcimers In The Time Of COVID-19

  1. Thanks for all the news. This is as you said strange time. But you are still active as you can be. In our area of the world we have all three grandchildren with us. Our daughter is an RN and it was decided they would be better off with us for the time this is all going on in the world. We are doing remote learning with all three of them. This is not that unusual for us because we are both retired public school teachers. Your work with dulcimers is always a joy to see. Our time with dulcimers has been limited. The group we play with has not met for at least two months and two performances did not happen. We play at retirement homes. It is fun to do and the participation by the residents make all worthwhile. Take care and stay healthy too.

    1. Glad to hear you and your family are doing okay. And how wonderful your daughter is helping others. Yes, better to be safe and have the children with you. I read that in NYC some hospital staff slept in their cars so they could help avoid their families from getting infected! Hopefully life will get back to normal, or something close to normal, before too long!

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