1. How are you holding up?
It’s hard to say because we have nothing to compare this to.. but I’m finding silver linings. I’m grateful I can spend more time hanging with my son. When I look back on this I’ll remember the two of us and all the absurd conversations and impromptu jam sessions we had. Also, all the bad eighties movies from my childhood I made him watch.
2. Has Covid-19 had an effect on your work? If so, in what way?
Yes, I’ve been lucky here. My guitar students all stuck with me and I’ve picked up a few more. I teach online now which is not my preferred teaching environment, but it works and it keeps me busy and connected to people I care about. That said I haven’t been writing songs. There’s too much to process and I need more structure to my routine to find moments to write. When the days, nights, and weekends all feel the same it seems impossible to implement creative discipline.
3. Is there anything you’ve added to your practice that you’d like to keep after this is over?
I’ve become a more devoted teacher, and I don’t take it for granted that I can make a modest living with it. When I was touring and working on my own music teaching was more of an afterthought. I’m grateful it’s there to keep me playing and studying during this giant pause.
4. Of the artists you follow, who’s handling this particularly well?
My buddy Michael Krassner (Boxhead Ensemble) is killing it. Not only is he managing his restaurant in Phoenix through this crisis but he’s wrapping up all these ambiguous recordings he has been working on for the past 10 or so years, along with new collaborations that were in the works just before lockdown began. He’s a focused motherfucker and I’m always in awe of his work ethic.
“Adam Ostrar is a parent, maybe just like you, that worries about the world his kid is inheriting. He lives in an over-priced city (Austin, TX), drinks too much coffee (a bottomless cup), and suffers from insomnia (don’t try to tell him this might be related to the former) and etc. He’s anxious about the damaged and ravaged U.S. of A. You know, that country no one ever thought was perfect, but never knew how bad it could get. This Waking Nightmare (Trump thinks this is what “woke” means, I hear…) is what subjects the various narrators in his new album, The Worried Coat (which was released April 5th, 2019 on Super Secret Records).”