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Ken Kurson on Music Changing During the Pandemic
Since the beginning of music, melodies and symphonies brought joy to many lives. Human culture greatly shifted as we evolved into more creative beings. Although the flute many have been the first instrument to date, there are now thousands of ways that people can express themselves through music. The best thing about music is that anyone can participate in creating it. Artists may write lyrics, but not be able to sing a tone note. Musicians may be experts on a certain instrument but never contribute vocally either. The point is that no matter who you are, or what your day job is, music can always find a way to make people happier. For Ken Kurson, a published author who has been covered by Huff Post and other outlets, music has always been an oasis.
Since the start of COIVD-19, many people have written songs about quarantine. As expected, a variety of artists are also avoiding the subject in their songs because they don’t want to stress the audience out further. Kurson is in a group named Circle. They can be found on Ken Kurson’s Youtube where they create Jam Covers to their own music or popular songs. Since the start of this year, Kurson’s group has been releasing music as a way to relieve stress and just have a good time. Of course, everyone is being socially distant and safe. This group truly believes that music is taking a different direction because of the pandemic.
Many other artists such as Luke Combs and Bon Jovi, have released songs about quarantine life. Their purpose was also to bring hope to their listeners. Combs, who wrote six feet apart, has had his song streaming in Top 10 Charts for over two months. Kurson believes that if artists don’t adapt their music to adjust to the current climate of social issues, they won’t receive as much media attention. Kurson is not only the proprietor of Book and Film Globe, but also a songwriter in his spare time. It’s important for him to be able to resonate with the lyrics. For many others, that’s also important. Music can be about anything, which is why it’s so powerful. On Spotify or Apple Music, the two leading streaming platforms, there are about one thousand categories of music. Ken Kurson sees nothing but a rise in genres because of how the pandemic affected everyone.
With Ken’s longterm passion for music and literature, he has expressed on the Daily Stoic, how stressful life can be at moments. For many others, the arts are an escape from a harsh reality. Getting caught up on the melody of a song can help people feel calm. Collecting oneself and letting go of negative energy is important no matter who you are and what you do. Kurson makes a good point about how there were much worse situations before COVID-19. There was the black plague for god’s sake. There was just a sliver of medical knowledge back then and many history books contribute health to music.
So much is evolving around this pandemic and many people are suffering because of it. Kurson recommends listening to music to help lower blood pressure or just ‘getaway’ for a few moments. On his Youtube, he has a playlist of some of his favorite tunes. For him, they are sings that haven’t changed. Most of them were produced long before the pandemic hit. That being said, he is staying open to upcoming musicians who create quarantine music. He believes that many current artists are struggling with releasing music because they want to make sure it is well received.
Overall, music has been a variable of change since the start. It’s aided generations of people through hardships and affliction. Kurson says that he thinks that’s the point of it all; to find happiness and serenity with music. He will constantly be updating his channel with music he recommends and views as beneficial during such a challenging time.