In little over three weeks we will be ready to bid farewell and good riddance to this difficult year, one during which the bad more than often than not seemed to outweigh the good.
But 2021 was also a year in which the resilience of the arts and the artists who create them filled us all with hope. In America, Broadway and off-Broadway and some of the regional theatre have begun to open up cautiously. One step at a time symphony orchestras and opera companies and concert series and performing arts conservatories and pop and jazz and rock and all kinds of music enterprises are starting to operate again. Musicians and performers of all kinds are beginning to return to work after being furloughed or laid off or put on hiatus for close to two years. These are all hopeful signs.
I have kept busy reviewing recordings and live performances and writing about the arts for this blog, and that has kept me creative and productive all these years even through the worst of the pandemic.
Life has been and continues to be quite good and rewarding for me and for my loved ones, and I never cease to count our blessings.
I am taking this opportunity to reach out to each and every one of you: my readers near and far. I have appreciated your reading my posts and loved listening to the music I review and making your acquaintance even if separated by time and distance.
Let this post – possibly my last one for the year 2021 – carry to each and every one of you and yours all over the world my heartfelt good wishes.
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