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Here are a few music-related distractions to help with COVID-19 stir craziness.

[This is my weekly column for GlobalNews.ca. – AC]

Even though there’s no trace of the novel coronavirus in my house (yet), I’m doing the responsible social-distancing thing, venturing out only for quick trips to the store, to the Indian takeout place, and to walk the dogs. And since I do most of my work out of the home office/studio, over the phone, through email, and via Skype, life hasn’t changed all that much for me — until this week.

First, The Wife announced that she is now required to work from home for the rest of the month, resulting in her taking over an entire floor of the house and demanding quiet so she can work while adjusting to the new normal.

Then, the cancellations started rolling in. Speaking engagements scheduled from here to Poland have either been cancelled or postponed. Trips to Manchester, Singapore, and L.A. have been called off. Clients have cancelled meetings, video shoots and voice sessions. My gym is closed. And that Caribbean vacation we’d been looking forward to all winter? Nixed.

Outside of my radio and podcast work for Corus and the various writing assignments like these for Global News, my workload has been greatly reduced, resulting in a lot of extra time during work hours. You probably know the feeling.

I could treat this time as one big long snow day, but that seems irresponsible when life has become so serious. I should do something productive. But what?

The Wife had a solution: “What about all those nagging to-do items that you’ve put off for weeks and months because you say there’s no time left in your day?”

She’s right, of course. And I’m not happy about it.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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