The Coronavirus has hit us all in different ways.
As a music fan I have been wondering and concerned about how it has hit many of my friends in the music industry. So I decided to get in touch and ask.
My first port of call was Belfast songwriter Brian Houston. Brian has made a living at music for thirty years, gigging here, touring Britain and America. He even spent a year or two living in North Carolina. He has blended and blurred his songwriting with worship music, bringing soul to the former and everyday realism to the latter.
How is how he is dealing with these strange times?
What were you working on before the lock down?
I was completing a singer songwriter album. I have about 20 to 30 songs I need to choose from.
At what stage did you start thinking about how it would impinge on your work?
The weekend everyone started contacting me to say they felt they should cancel the gigs I had booked.
What are the way that this all impacts your life as well as work?
Well my income stopped immediately and the prospects of releasing new material suddenly seemed redundant as everyone’s attention was on much more important things.
What ways are you using the down time?
I moved my equipment home from the studio and set it up in a bedroom. Then I started busking on line and asking folks to contribute. I am also trying to help my wife with her Bristle And Bird Aromatherapy product business. I have also been applying for jobs.
How easy is it for you to create in these unfamiliar, maybe anxious times?
Well in some ways this is how I’ve always lived. No idea what’s coming next or how I’ll pay my bills next month. It’s always been a faith journey. So the creativity isn’t really affected too much as there’s always been a certain amount of duress
What can we all do to help?
Watch my busking videos and send money via www.paypal.me/BrianHoustonBelfast
What plans have you for when we get out of this? New record?
Yeah. Same plan as I had before it. But who knows when that will be.
Give us three albums that influenced you that we should all investigate as we wait the Coronavirus to pass?
Bob Dylan - Blood on the tracks
Brittany Howard - Jaime.
The White Stripes - The White Stripes