By Rosa Pryor
Special to the AFRO
Hello everyone, I truly hope you and your family are well. This is an unfortunate situation. Yes, it’s terrible and scary that COVID-19 has shut down all of our entertainment. No more day-time parties with our DJ’s, concerts, jazz shows, cabarets or social events of any kind. There are no church services or casinos to go to relax our nerves. We can’t bury our loved ones or have a wedding without following these new rules. Ladies and gentlemen, take my word for it, this too shall pass. In the meantime we must follow the rules. I must say, as an entertainment journalist/columnist this is out of my lane. You know me, if it doesn’t sing, dance or play an instrument, I am lost.
To all my readers and fans of “Rambling Rose” please stay home. If you have to go out protect yourself with gloves and a mask. We have been hearing a lot of things from the news, but no one knows what this Coronavirus is, where it came from or how they are going to treat it. There is no vaccine for it. They say the symptoms are respiratory issues, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, and in more
severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. So please be safe, take care of yourself and try to stay healthy. It seems the only preventive measures are regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, thoroughly cooking any meat/eggs and avoiding contact with anyone who’s showing symptoms of respiratory illnesses.
Some of my musicians have found a way to still entertain us by going on facebook live and performing in their homes, and DJs are spinning your favorite records from their own private studios; I think it’s wonderful and I am very happy about it. However, I am worried about my readers who do not have those kind of resources like a computer or smart phone to see this. So, my suggestion to them is to turn on the television because there are stations that have live music shows just for you.
In the last few weeks, we have lost a few friends such as Warren Gantt, a Baltimore renowned musician; Skip Mahoney of “Skip Mahoney and the Casuals” from out of Washington, D.C., he has performed here in Baltimore more than any place else ,and died a few weeks ago from stage four cancer; Warren Thomas, my classmate from Edmondson High School class of 1963 passed away April 3rd. The families are in my prayers; peace and blessings to them.
I am ending my column by borrowing a quote: “Next year I don’t wanna hear about the Oscars or Golden Globes. I don’t want to see a single actor, actress, singer, celebrity
or sports person on any red carpet; what I want to see is police officers, nurses, doctors, orderlies, firefighters, ambulance crews, caregivers, support workers, shop workers and truck drivers having free red carpet parties, with awards and expensive goodie bags. God knows they deserve it. If this doesn’t happen it will be the biggest injustice ever”. Thank you all who are working so hard to keep us healthy and safe.
Well my dear friends, be safe, stay home and pray. Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at email@example.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.