March 2021 - Lockdown, Old Condos, Sunset Art, Linke, Wedding Music

Marching On…
It’s the Covid Lockdown Anniversary. ‘The Dude’ and I are still abiding on 38th Street. Got my first shot, but seriously don’t think I will alter my behavior after full vaccination. This ain’t over yet. One year ago we hosted a big birthday gathering for Tom just before everything closed. It was the last time we saw most of our friends. Other than missing those dear folks, scaling back has not been too difficult. I’m a bit shocked that I have taken to being a home-body so well. Maybe after years of hyper socializing I was just ready to slow down. I’ve fully embraced hermit life. Some days I feel emotionally and physically exhausted. Facebook connections and occasional video chats have really helped get me through this.  Tom and I are lucky and happy to have each other. This past year we have been slowly organizing and/or clearing out excess possessions. I painted the bathroom this month. I know, the excitement of it all is overwhelming. Spending extra time with my mom has been a blessing. I miss live music, dining out, and seeing our friends and extended family the most. But think of all the money we saved by staying in!
I did work for two clients whose condos I had painted 15 years ago. One had installed new kitchen counter tops in a sparkly grey marble. The walls throughout were tan with dark brown and grey flashes. But several accent walls were a reddish brown. Those got reinvented and refreshed with a medium grey glaze. It really tied everything together and was a simple solution. Way back in 2006 I painted a garden mural around the bath tub - it's still holding up well and still one of my favorites. The other condo had a 15’ tall fireplace, where water damage had caused the construction tape under the knock down plaster to crack and split from ceiling to floor along the right side. Had to bring out the big ladder. Other than the height, it was a small touch up job. I was also commissioned to create some digital art - Sipping Wine overlooking Southwestern Sunset. Sadly, my brother is getting a divorce and selling his house. So I’ve been helping patch and repair and do some painting there, too. Nothing like a string of house painting jobs to confirm how out of shape you are. LOL. Got the hot tub filled this week. Yay for hydro therapy.
March musical musings... Don Linke is a local guitarist / bass player / educator. And a friend. He was the first jazz musician I met in Milwaukee when I was sort of a groupie of Magewind back in my UWM college days. Actually even earlier than that, tho I wasn’t legal to go in bars back then. He was the guest artist I hired to play background music for my first art opening at ART Off The Wall Gallery in Bay View. He has a series of YouTube videos from his ‘Jazz at Noon’ concert series, (which we used to catch live when possible). It is now hosted in Linke’s Living Room. Guests are a who’s who in local jazz including: Juli Wood, Sam Steffke, John Babbitt, Victor Campbell, Larry Tresp, Scott Wenzel…and Sam Belton - a local drummer who also has a new restaurant Sam’s Place Jazz Café that I can’t wait to check out. Linke’s website is definitely worth a look. Refreshingly, it is not just about Linke (can you imagine?) – tho it’s so him. He talks and writes about what makes an artist, music education, his favorite musicians, philosophical commentary on the arts, interviews and more. He is not only an amazing musician, but charming and funny.
I’ve made it a habit to play piano at The Landmark (mom’s apartment) community room most Wednesdays around lunchtime. A good friend asked me to back up her vocals and play for a small home wedding ceremony this month. There was space for my keyboard to be out of traffic so I determined I’d be OK distanced with a mask for about an hour. We performed ‘At Last’ for the recessional. It was fun to do and a perfect choice, as the couple had been previously married, divorced and re-coupled again! Glad I left immediately afterwards - not all guests left virus free. Be careful out there! We are (hopefully) nearing the end of the pandemic, but the virus is not gone. The variants are spreading and over 1,700 people are still dying due to Covid every day in this country. Hopefully the vaccinations will help keep severe illness in check before we get a 4th wave. Many countries are on lockdown again. Will we learn this time? After watching the spring break partiers and states stopping the mask mandates early - against CDC guidelines - I doubt it.
Stay Safe. Continue Caution. Wear your damn mask.

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Southwest Sunset / Anita and The Dude / Linke at ART Off the Wall opening 1998 / The Dude Dusting off the bass *with haircut / Old Condo Garden Mural / New gray walls in progress / Big ladder / Big shoes / Spring Flowers
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Anita Burgermeister, eclectic independent artist in Milwaukee ~ creator of fine art, photography, faux finishes, murals, websites & more. Sharing musings or news about creative people & events in art, music, magic, dance, dining, film, writing, city life & more. Hope you enjoy and read often!
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