• onlythewhitekeys

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  • onlythewhitekeys

Aktualisiert: Feb 4

First I must apologise for being absent for a long time. Had to do some work around the house, building and repairing stables and other stuff that is due in summer.

But since the weather turned as wet and foggy as it usually is over here in winter I am back to composing and recording.

The last year has been a challenging one for most people and even I, who does not overly relie on human contacts ;-) felt lost at some times.

The band that formed in summer made it through 3 rehearsels only before Covid stroke hard in autumn and we crawled back in our caves :-(

To make the year even worse, my favourite organ/keyboard player Ken Hensley and also his long time band mate Lee Kerslake passed away.

So it's no wonder that I was happy to turn the last page of the calendar and start a new year, hoping for better times ahead.

I updated the Christmas song "It's Up To You", the vocals we recorded in the kitchen ;-) were edited and processed by my dear friend Hermann @Dreamland Recording Studio Marburg and sound so much better now! Check it out if you like to listen to Christmas songs in January ;-)

Currently I am working on some new and not-so-new projects but since it is so hard to find a singer I can't finish them yet.

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There is a small possibility for me to play in a band again :-) but how about rehearsing?

Is it actually possible now?

I called the local Health Center to get information and advice.

Here's what they said:

Rehearsing is possible if you follow these rules:

-all members have to wear a mask

-distance of 1.50m between the members

-brass is not allowed because of the enormous spreading of aerosols

-singing is not allowed unless there is a shield between the singer and the rest of the band.

Ok, given that my rehearsel room is about 40 m², distance should not be an issue.

The singer... well, singing out of one of the windows would be a possibility but I guess neighbours might not be amused - wait... did I hear anybody say 'depends on the singer' ? ;-)

So I decided to build a No-Corona Shield.

Build a frame from roof battens

Add a third batten at about 1.30m down from the top (forgot to take a pic).

This is necessary because the transparent table cloth is only 1.30 wide and must sit on a batten, too.

Glue adhesive band all the way round the frame. I did it because I was planning to add a ribbon around the frame to cover the stapler nails and to prevent the plastic from ripping when only secured with the thin stapler nails.

You can omitt this step and just use the stapler if you don't want to have a ribbon around the frame.

Cut the table cloth a bit wider than neccessary and place it onto the frame.

Now pull off one side of the adhesive and carefully press the plastic onto the frame. Get help with that, working with the wobbly stuff is a pain in the arse, really! After the plastic lays nice and flat without any wrinkles or bubbles, use a stapler to secure the plastic on the frame. Cut excess plastic.

I ironed double adhesive stuff onto the ribbon ( it's called "Vliesofix" in Germany.

Then I pulled off the back side of the double adhesive and ironed the ribbon on top of the plastic. If you do this step, be extra careful! The iron has to be hot to make the ribbon glue but the plastic can easily melt. So iron on the ribbon ONLY and take care not to touch the plastic.

Here's the finished shield.

You can see the middle batten that holds the plastic that ends at about 1.30m from the top. It is of course possible to cover the whole frame but then you have to buy the complete length and since the plastic is 1.30m wide only you will have a lot of waste.

The feet are made from an old board, cut diagonally. One points forward, one backwards, very stable stand.

Thanks to my nice husband ;-) who helped me with the woodwork ( I'm so scared of the electric saw!)

Hope you like it :-)

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