2020 Vision‘ was written in mid-April and recorded in quarantine in our home studio. The song is just a series of reflections on life in the age of the coronavirus. These are uniquely challenging times, but interestingly, even in isolation, the pandemic has created a shared experience between us all.

I’m offering this song for free (or pay what you want) on Bandcamp, but starting May 20th it will also be available through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and all the other big online music outlets.

2020 has been an extraordinary and challenging year. It’s been surreal to live through, in real time, what will almost certainly be the most significant defining event of our generation…without the historical hindsight which always makes historic outcomes appear inevitable. Because while hindsight might, indeed, be 20/20…the year 2020 in real time has felt incredibly blurry, distorted, twisted, and astigmatic.

But even amidst the mayhem, fear, and anxiety of the Great Uncertainty, there’s been something beautiful in witnessing eight billion people regaining their balance and reconstructing their lives all at the same time, and all on the fly. And somehow, sharing the ordeal together has created a remarkable display of resilience, creativity of human spirit, relentlessness of human connection, and given rise to an emergent new culture, self-organized from out of the chaos.

And then there’s the loss. The loss of our sense of invincibility, the loss of work, of purpose, of rhythm, of independence. And of course, the actual loss of life. With a little luck and some indefinite wait, we’re likely to regain most of what we’ve lost when this is all over…as most of those things were loaned away willingly in service to protecting the one thing that sadly can never be recovered.

2020 Vision‘ is a song of my reflections and observations on what we’ve lost, what we’ve learned, and what we’ve become collectively, at this point in time, somewhere in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020.

I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy, and managing to find a steady cadence in this long march back towards solid ground with a flat curve. And I sincerely hope that none of you has lost anything you won’t get back in time.

Danny Schmidt, April 2020




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