It is wild times indeed in Spring 2020!
I was just revving up to get touring after a trip to Montana in February, and I was coming off a great weekend at Spring Training and Disneyland with some friends, when the COVID shutdown happened. I drove from California days after a "shelter in place" order from the California government, and worried about getting stopped or questioned on my trip home to New Mexico. The drive was uneventful, but long, and I have been adjusting, like everyone, to the new normal.
Days are spent here in Albuquerque, gardening, fixing up the house, chatting with friends, and supporting small businesses with food and coffee orders. I have been doing some online shows here and there, and trying to figure out when and if the government will allow gig workers and the self-employed to apply for benefits.
One of the great things about this time at home, is that I have spent time learning some new skills, and upgrade some gear. This past week, I uploaded my first photography gallery! Pretty cool, and one of my long time goals was to learn to take professional photographs, and start my own studio/gallery. This was step one, and I put 20 of my favorite images up on a site called PicFair. You can check them out here: https://benjaminbassett.picfair.com/
The other focus of my time at home, has been recording. I got a bass and a much better mic for recording, and have already put out one new song, and anticipate many many more to come! You can check out the new single "Tired of The Dark" on this site, and download it to help support me during this time out of work.
I'll try to keep in better touch here, as well!