Every week, we ask a different local artist to provide their unique perspective on the pandemic experience from a musician’s point of view. Through words, video and music, each musician will share their story, along with an audio or video sample of a recent project, and a link to purchase their music so that you can support their work.
This week, life and music partners Rebecca Hennessy and Michael Herring talk about performing, recording and producing from home; bringing together musicians online; and the need for human connection.
"Since we weren’t able to play live shows, we started to focus on doing more recording from home, which we were already doing, as well as monthly online duo shows. We also learned how to play live over the internet using a platform called Syncspace, where musicians can play with basically no latency in realtime. This platform was started and is managed by Adrian Cho, based in Ottawa. It is the first online "venue" we have ever played, and we've performed with musicians from Ottawa, Montreal, New York and Hamilton while in our own home!
Having to be physically apart from family and friends for so long really has had an impact on the quality of our lives. We need human connection to thrive and be healthy. We feel so lucky to have the technology to stay connected over video with our communities during the long lockdowns.
Rebecca’s November 2020 album “All The Little Things You Do” was finished and released during the lockdown. She has a newer album called “Joy Will Find Us” that was funded by the Canada Council from the Arts “digital originals” program, a grant to support artist in the creation of feature projects during lockdown; that will be released in the fall/winter this year. Birdbrains is a new project that came together featuring Richard Marsella, Dave Clark, Michael Herring and Rebecca Hennessy - we’ve been releasing a new collaborative track every month that has been recorded and produced from our home studios.
Michael has some new albums as well: Peripheral Vision released their album Irrational Revelation and Mutual Humiliation during the lockdown in May 2020; while The Uplifters (Michael Herring, Jason Kenemy, Dave Clark) also recorded and released a new album called “There Is No Secret” during the pandemic."
Support Rebecca and Michael by purchasing their music online:
From "All the Little Things You Do", here is Rebecca Hennessy's "A Beautiful Day to Say Goodbye":