I started playing sax again because of the shutdown. I see it as an opportunity to practice and make youtube videos. And when it's over, it will be fun to jam with people, because I'll have honed my skills.
That's being smart - we could all use a lot of that.
Yes, I miss it terribly. Gigging is pretty much my socialization and I've only played 3 times this year. Otherwise I'm pretty much a misanthrope, and I don't like people very much either. Bada-Bing! So, I stay busy - its not like I don't have anything to do. We've had remodeling going on in the house since last year this time. There's yard work to do, an unfinished room to finish, saxes to clean/maintain, cars, etc. etc.
I never dreamed that anything like this would happen, particularly when I was at a bit of a pinnacle, being very happy with my horns, mouthpieces, music situation (supporting three groups), health, everything. Being 75, I was set to cruise on out on my final musical voyage, but now I sit. Months go by - a year goes by. I'm suffering from 'cabin fever'. Hell, I get in the car and go get a coffee and sit outside and watch the people come and go just to get out of the house. We had a son and his family up after Christmas and there was very little we could go out and do. I am literally 'chomping at the bit' to even go to a previously hated practice! I know I'm not alone in this. A terrible thing has happened to the performing arts and all the artists, and its the first time in history it has been like this. Even during the Great Depression music never stopped - in fact, it was in that period that some of the greatest songs and lyrics were written and people flocked to the performing arts as a relief from the grim reality of life. Even during WWII and the 'Cold War' that followed it music and performance was riding high. Who could have predicted what has happened to us now - its a disaster.
However, as already stated, this is only temporary. I already have three gigs booked in '21 and I'm sure everyone will start to get the calls as we get out from under this thing.