How are you doing? No, really, how are you holding up right now? It’s a strange time. The strangest I’ve seen (which is saying quite a lot considering my profession). So when I ask, I mean it. It’s not rhetorical.
I’ve been feeling the isolation a lot, but I’m also making an effort to reach out more. Not just to my friends and family, but to anyone who needs it. On my Facebook page I started hosting an online chat series I call the Speak Easy. I’ve been having drinks and interactive video chats with some of my friends from around the globe. Many of them are paranormal friends like Dave Schrader from The Holzer Files, Josh Gates from Expedition Unknown, Dustin Pari from Ghost Hunters, plus many others.
Though it’s not the same as meeting in person, offering a hug, and feeling the energy of other people, it’s a close second. And it’s helped me quite a bit. You’re invited to join me anytime. I’ve been holding these things 3-4 times per week. You can post comments and come feel social with us. You can also watch the whole backlog of Speak Easy episodes on my new Web site here: https://jeffbelanger.com/speak-easy/
Since my shut-in, I feel like I’ve also rediscovered the power of music. The way it can lift my mood, or commiserate with me when I’m feeling down. It can make me laugh, and make me cry depending on what I need in the moment. It’s been helping me get me through.
"Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right." – Grateful Dead
I’ve been picking up my guitar again. It feels like an old friend. My playing isn’t going to set the world on fire, but it makes me feel good, and that helps.
"There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in." –Leonard Cohen
Music has the ability to tap into deep parts of our psyche and change us. The right beat can possess us like a spirit and involuntarily send us into motion, twirling and spinning to the thumps and melody.
"All I want to do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom And a poom-poom, just shake ya rump!" –Wreckx-n-Effect
We do what we have to do to get by right now. But I hope and pray we keep our humanity. That we never forget how important it is to connect with our world, our friends, and our neighbors. If we can’t physically connect, then it’s up to each of us to find another way.
"I see my light come shining / From the west unto the east / Any day now, any day now / I shall be released." –Bob Dylan
This month we’re going to explore the personal, spiritual, and even the supernatural side of music on Ghostvillage.com.
"And when the broken-hearted people / Living in the world agree / There will be an answer / Let it be" –The Beatles
Offering my live programs and lectures is another aspect I miss greatly, but fortunately I’m finding venues willing to host Zoom meetings where I can tell my stories. The best part is you don’t need to be local for some of these. Wherever you live you can register, watch, and participate from the comfort of your own home (all for free). The first is coming up April 25th, more will be added soon. You can visit my events page for more details.
Rock on, my friends. We’ll get through this together. Don’t forget to connect however you can do it.