What do you do when your whole life is about service… and there is suddenly no one to serve? As I sit here writing this, I am missing the one thing that all of us in the service industry complain about………. someone to serve. How many times have you wished the rush were over, one slow dinner service or one less demand on your time? I know I have been there; never really appreciating service. As a Co-Owner of a catering company dealing mostly with business from the entertainment section of the food industry, I am missing the tours, I miss the music…I miss the magic.
I sit here with ideal hands, ideal thoughts, and a need that I never realize existed. I underestimated the need to arrive on site at 4am and watch the sun rise. I miss the hum of the ovens, the clink and clank of pots and pans, and the rhythm of knives hitting cutting boards. I miss seeing the tired faces of the truck drivers in search of fresh brewed coffee and drawn in by the smell of bacon permeating through the dewy morning air. (Because you must always have bacon for hot breakfast) I yearn to hear road cases coming off trucks and rolled onto a quiet stage. A stage waiting to be filled with sounds of construction, mic checks, bass, and melody.
We are a strange tribe. Wayward, pure souls drawn into eighteen-hour days. Hot sun or pouring rain, hard physical work and constant ever changing demands on your body, soul and mind pretty much make up our normal day. All in the name of listening to a crowd roar with happiness and anticipation. All of it worth that first pure note of a favorite song. All in the name of magic.
In this crazy time when the live music world is on hold, the music notes hang in the air waiting to be captured by the gifts of artists. We are ready to unload the trucks, set the dressing rooms, make set lists, deliver doughnuts, provide catering, sew costumes, produce the day, manage the lights, set the stage and just be there, basking in a day of music. When the world is ready, we will once again set the stage. When it is safe for the mics to go live, we will be there. When the cases are ready to roll off the trucks, we will be there to catch them. We are anticipating the music and until then we are missing the magic.