Riding out Coronavirus
“It’s a pretty good crowd for a Saturday/As the manager gives me a smile
‘Cause they know that it’s me you’ve been comin’ to see/To forget about life for a while”
In Billy Joel’s quintessential piano bar (and the most popular requested dueling pianos) song, he echoes that no matter what is going on in the world, we go to see live music so that we can forget about our troubles just for a short time.
President Trump announced Wednesday evening that all commercial flights from Europe (except those from the UK) would be stopped for the next 30 days. That, along with with the NBA canceling games for the foreseeable future, and countless other communities and organizations shutting down and quarantining, is creating a bit of a ripple in the tourism and entertainment industry.
How Premier Pianos is handling Coronavirus
As performers, we at Premier Piano shows (and all of us in the entertainment industry) are used to interacting with the general public, hundreds of people at a time on a daily basis. We work in communities with high volumes of people — tourist attractions, theme parks, cruise ships, large hotels. We perform in places where we share musical instruments, stages, and sometimes even microphones. We know first hand the importance of keeping a sanitary work environment, as our voices and our health are the lifeblood of our career.
It is for this reason that we do not take these recent events lightly, and certainly advise you to heed experts’ advice, particularly if you have been in contact with those known to have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). But we also advocate, like Mayor Guiliani and President Bush did after 9/11, to “go on with our lives.”
We cannot let fear dictate our lives. We cannot let an outbreak of any kind (whether biological, epidemiological, or emotional) take over and dictate our lives. We must continue to live our lives and sing our songs.
Keep it clean
Join us, as we continue to do what we love to do, and what we believe spreads the antidote to fear and hysteria. Be careful, and heed the experts’ advice, as we do regularly, especially in close quarters like on cruise ships:
- Wash your hands with soap regularly (for 20 seconds, ideally up to your elbows) and before touching your face
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Sanitize any surfaces you touch in public prior to touching, and certainly to eating.
Stay safe and be smart. But keep living your lives. And join us at any number of our shows this weekend in Central Florida.
-Randy Keith, Owner, Premier Piano Shows Dueling Pianos.