Shelter in Place Day 63
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
Yesterday I discovered a most haunting, yet beautiful piece of music. It’s called The COVID-19 Fugue. When I first listened to it, I cried. The music filled me with joy and sadness all at the same time. This is from the information on the video.
A complex, 4-plus-voice fugue, based on the subject of …the virus itself!
With some touches of artistic freedom, I interpreted “COVID-19” as an acronym for the musical terms “C° V-I D 1-9” (as explained at the beginning of the video) which when combined, shape a rather spicy fugue subject.
Which made me wonder, should we be using COVID-19 in our creative works? Should we paint the feelings of what’s going on? Should we include social distancing in our novels? Should we create projects, whatever form of art you are making in relation to this pandemic?
I have been invited to a social distancing anthology and I am in the process of plotting out a story that could fall right into my series. When the anthology is finished with it’s limited run, I’ll have another freebie I can give to readers of my work.
The story is called Distanced Hearts, about two guys who met in a grocery line. Six feet apart, was the beginning of their time together. In the story, I plan to explore what it’s like meeting from afar in a terrible time and how that romance grows and expands, until they are finally able to be face to face again.
Some people have said no, because then it’ll date your piece. My feeling, is the piece is already dated by the time you are writing it. Others are having hard times writing their characters even being together because of what they can’t do.
If you have the ability to create something in a time like now, how can you not be creative with the pandemic in a way that makes others happy. I write romance, couples who don’t usually get screen time. Men who don’t believe in themselves, are just coming out, are dissatisfied with the bodies they’ve been given, but find men who love them the way they are.
Hitch, a construction worker in his late thirties and Van, a comic book colorist in his mid twenties don’t not much about each other, other than the fact that the spark is instant. What happens when you want something you can’t touch, and you don’t know for how long. I hope I can figure that out in Distanced Hearts.
I’ve included a link to a musical piece on youtube.
Would you consider using COVID-19 in a future artistic work?