Dispatch from Beachwood Canyon

Updated: Mar 28, 2020


Hello everyone—Michael from The Dramedy here. I hope you are all in good health and spirits despite the recent events. I know I speak for all of us in the band when I say what a bummer it was not to play what was supposed to be our first show together 10 days ago. But there will be other shows, there will be other opportunities when this is all done.

I, personally, have had a little bit different experience than most and therefore have had slightly different mental wranglings. My day job has continued on as an “essential service”. While I am fortunate and glad to be earning a regular paycheck while so many others are getting laid off or losing gigs, running a Service Department for high-end Italian motorcycles hardly feels up there with working at a hospital or grocery store (and let me put a fine point on it: it isn’t). I feel for those individuals who do work those jobs and have to grapple with the risk of exposure.

It’s been very hard to stay separated from my drums, but I have been getting a lot of mileage on the practice pad on the weekends. I’ve been cooking a lot, which I love doing as well. I try not to dwell on social media too much as it can have an adverse affect on one’s mental state, but I have enjoyed seeing the creativity and perseverance of friends and family during this time—it is a reminder of the positive capabilities of this technology.

I hope that through this whole thing there is a fundamental shift in what is seen as important by society. I hope that the vulgarity and exploitation of certain aspects of our so-called “system” are laid bare and vanquished while the stories of kindness and decency are amplified and create their own brand of contagion and that it sticks around long after this immediate threat is gone. At this point in my life, I never take a show for granted and I play my heart out each time. I cannot wait to get back at it. Time is all we have, and I already feel like I don’t spend enough of it behind the drums like I want.

Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones. Check on your family, your friends, your neighbors, concern yourself with the well-being of others and be mindful of your health. Let’s stamp out this illness (and a few other negative aspects of our current climate). As my Uncle Jack says, “let’s work for justice so that we can have peace”.

Keep on chooglin’,

Michael Collins


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