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2021: 2020 In Reverse

2021 was meant to be a bookend to 2020, 2020 took us from New York as usual to lockdown, 2021 took us from lockdown to an Autumn where life should have resolved the pandemic and offices, Broadway, sports and concerts were back. And just as we seemed to have weathered the worse, the pandemic came roaring back and sent us back to 2020. I currently have Covid and while I’ve felt better I have certainly felt worse, the problem appears to be one of uncertainty as to the effect TWO YEARS LATER.

2020 started with Trump losing the General Election and refusing to stand down, followed soon by the storming of the Capitol with the greatest democracy tottering near the abyss of anarchy and feudal law.

But finally Biden got placed in charge and while he is vastly superior to Trump, he isn’t very good. We needed FDR and we got Jimmy Carter… The first quarter found Trump still trying to change the results and Biden still baffled by the job at hand. Meanwhile, the Delta strain of Covid-19 was in our back view mirror and by May I had gone to see John Mulaney’s post-rehab stand-up, June reopened MSG with Foo Fighters, September had Governors Ball, and as late as December 10th, 2021, Jingle Ball had Covid in its rearview mirror. Ten days later Billy Joel was claiming it is scary on the sidewalks of New York, and I caught Covid at the MSG gig.

The rest of 2021 has sent us back to 2020, like March-April 2020, as we looked in amazement as life was cancelled and-or suspended.

Here is how the end of 2021 looked to me a month ago:

12-30 – Phish

12-31 – Strokes

1-1 – Aimee Mann

All three cancelled of course, as did “The Music Man” -twice. Instead of a like 2020 never happened, I ended up in a search for Covid-19 Tests as the prices doubled overnight. The test is not like the vaccine or boosters, just because you took a test today doesn’t mean you don’t need another test tomorrow.

Musically, it belonged to Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X. Despite the drumbeat for Billie Eilish nah, not really. Indie, alt rap, rock (having a resurrection according to the powers that be, not so fast say I), every musical genre defined middle of the road, averageness. Drake released his worse album, the Jay-Z family tree did nothing at all., West’s Donda was a masterpiece but after that, Young Thug?

Anyway, 2021 was a slow return to lockdown and still no answer in side.

All the world needs is a deadlier Omicron and you have to wonder where we will all end up… two things are clear: what happens in South Africa happens in the USA, and until the entire word gets vaccinated we remain in mortal danger. Citizens who refuse should be forced to take the vaccine. The price will be more than Trumpheads (incidentally, Trump came out in favor of the vaccine and got booed by his constituents) dropping dead at 62 years of age.

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