FROM THE PRESIDENT
We are in the third month of 2021, and honestly not much has changed from 2020. We are all still under “social distancing”, wearing masks, and being aware of our surroundings when we go out. We look on those not wearing masks in public with distain, especially when they fail to protect their children. Apparently kids are immune from COVID-19 (sarcasm). The sad thing is that children under 16 cannot even take the vaccine recently developed. According to the latest stats, it will take 11 months to reach 75% of the U.S. population fully vaccinated, with many refusing to take the vaccine at all. Only 2.1% in the State of Texas have received both shots at the time of this article.
We have all learned to live differently and adapt to new ways to exist in society. Social media has exploded, Amazon has reported a 100 billion dollar quarterly revenue, and Walmart reports in with 35 billion in curbside pick-up alone. Entrepreneur Magazine is predicting the biggest year in 2021 for new businesses. Closures in 2020 has left us with a glut of business properties now available at rock bottom prices. Zoom Video Communication, where you can conduct meetings on-line, reached 1.370 billion in profits in 2020.
So, how will this all effect the FWSA in 2021? Tell you the truth, nobody really knows. We can sit back and speculate on our direction and do nothing or we can begin to look toward the future. I believe we have taken the first step toward recovery by bringing back our open mic under restricted guidelines. Yes, we are talking about “social distancing”, wearing masks, smaller crowds, less visiting from table to table, and sanitizing the equipment after every use. That is the price we must pay to begin enjoying our lives again and sharing our music. Be safe out there.