The main thing my friend is not to let fear overtake you.
That's the opening line of my first song for my new album.
I certainly felt that way right then, laying on my stomach in bed propping myself up on my elbows so my lungs could breathe better.
I wrote a lot of weird stuff during those fearful feverish hours.
Rob suggested bed rest for four days at one point because every time I'd feel a little better I'd start moving around again, doing laundry or cooking soup, and then suddenly a fever would come on and I'd be out of breath and light headed.
What a scary virus.
I am thinking of Nick Cordero in the ICU in California still, 75 days in the ICU so far.
His wife is Amanda Kloots on Instagram and she is doing such a brave job of keeping the world informed as to his progress but it's taking everything she's got.
You can see it.
What a story they are telling in real time for the world to witness, and bear witness, and help bear the weight for her and with her.
There are some people who get on her comment threads and start pontificating about the virus.
The opinions vary wildly and most seem to fuel our fears.
We are in such a dangerous time of opinions.
Remember the old adage, how did it go?
Opinions are like assholes, everybody's got one.....
Was there a but to that? Haha.
Or the other old adage about opinions, when you assume you make an ass out of u and me.
Well people are filled with fear of the unknown right now so they are turning to their strong opinions.
They're taking a stand, but they're like Don Quixote waving their swords at the windmills they think are the dragons.
We don't have a lot of information, and that's hard to face, for all of us.
The main thing my friends is not to let fear overtake you.
My mother, as we both know if you've been following this blog for a while, is not in her right mind some of the time.
Is it insanity, is it dementia?
Is it that she has allowed fear to overtake her?
No one has said for sure, doctors and lay people alike.
But the people who are throwing their reckless opinions around right now in the world all remind me of my mother's most fearful moments of delusion.
Remember the story of Chicken Little?
Just the name alone, right?
Chicken Little was a character in a children's story.
Chicken Little ran around saying the sky was falling.
Do you remember this?
Chicken Little jumped to conclusions, made assumptions, formed an opinion, and then ran with it.
It turned out that her first impression was not correct.
An acorn fell on her head.
There's a lot we can't be sure about right now.
What can we do?
Be considerate of others.
Be prudent in our actions.
Be safe but be joyful.
Do not let fear overtake you.
I'm making careful prudent plans as best I can right now.
I'm conferring with all my favorite people in Europe about when to return with a new album for a new tour.
It's not going to be August 2020.
It's going to be re-slated for either June or August of 2021.
The best plans fall into place easily because everyone is in agreement.
I'm not letting fear overtake me.
You don't either.
We'll be okay.
And pray for Nick Cordero and others like him, and his wife, in her brave waiting and praying every day outside the Mount Sinai Hospital.
It's a big world out there.
Let's be part of the solution and not part of the problem.