it’s just a thought. a sketch. a few moments of piano. lost.
i recorded eight voice-memo recordings in the studio this morning. all based on the word “lost”. they varied in length; the shortest was 9 seconds, the longest 7:22. i discarded all of them and just kept the first :51 of one version.
we had just finished reading an op ed that was infinitely disturbing and equally heartwrenching. an article about the united states, it painted a picture of a country lost in itself, untethered from its values, far from moored to its former strength and viability, unattached to its potential of community, of empathy, of oneness.
even just yesterday we listened to two accounts of persons who had been tested more than once for covid-19. with differing results each time, it has us wondering how we might be able to halt the pandemic wave that continues to threaten when we cannot obtain test results that are accurate or consistent. where are we really in this upsurgence? this is no little skirmish.
everything is different right now. we sat safely in our kitchen yesterday and talked about the 28 million people who would be losing their homes or the place they rent as home. we talked about the crushing inability to really be with people we love. we talked about the lack of jobs available. we talked about unemployment numbers. we talked about pressure. we talked about economics and finances. we talked about almost 160,000 people who had died from coronavirus. we talked about life insurance.
sitting at the piano in my studio elicits mixed feelings for me. i pine for the days that the music i wrote, the music i recorded, actually made me a living, at least the times it even leaned toward making me a living. i wonder if that will ever be the case again, if it’s even possible in this online-download-time that has usurped the living of so many independent artists. i experience a sense of betrayal sitting on the bench and work hard, somewhat unsuccessfully, to overcome it.
my left hand starts. always a provider of depth and rhythm and always strong, my left hand knows how to dig in. even now. i think the word “lost”. my right hand starts to follow. and the limitation of a wrist that no longer bends beyond 20° makes me draw in my breath.
on the top of the file cabinet in the back hallway of TPAC there was a basket. in that basket was an assortment of stuff: coffee mugs, a jacket, sunglasses, readers, a set of keys. it was the “lost and found” basket.
i suppose there is a simple wisdom in “lost and found” stashes. found, as an antonym of lost, implies not forever lost. it is hopeful.
maybe, though we cannot see it, we are living in the very middle of lost and found.
©️ kerri sherwood