Music ... makes the Vigets ... come together
How DIY music recordings have kept our toes tapping and fostered togetherness during Covid times.
Communal music-making is a huge part of my life.
I’m in a cover band — not to hear myself sing, but to get people dancing. There’s nothing like connecting so elementally with someone that they’re inspired to get on the floor like Kate McKinnon doing a Gins-burn (sigh).
I grew up on Korr family sing-alongs, and dream of bringing sing-alongs into the 21st Century. There's nothing more heartwarming-slash-cathartic than getting together with some acoustic guitars and tambourines and screaming at the top of our lungs, what’s going on. (And I say heeyyy, yeah, yeah, yeah.)
And while communal music is mostly paused in Covid times, I’ve found some of the same connection and feels in an unlikely place: Viget’s weekly and quarterly company meetings, aka Free Lunch Friday and Third Third Thursday.
A bunch of Vigets have been making music videos to kick off FLF or as interstitial TTT segments. And they are simply delightful!
Here are three things I love about these organic musical endeavors.
We are human
I love the vulnerability, strength, and emotion that shine through all the performances:
- Amy’s boundless smile, inviting us to share in her sheer joy, and Grace’s eyes-closed channeling of Lucius on "Dusty Trails."
- Peyton’s yearning falsetto on "Let It Be."
- Owen’s I'm-just-along-for-the-ride grins as his daughter Audrey commands the room on "Wait for It," from Hamilton.
- Angela and Brandon’s calm piano mastery.
The songs mark time’s progress and Viget’s 20-year history: Four Vigekids have contributed, including the first to reach collegiate age.
There are musical and production warts, nerves and wobblies. (Except for Angela and Brandon — calm mastery!) But like Viget’s unofficial motto of “progress, not perfection,” these are all about “people, not perfection.”
We contain multitudes
I love glimpsing personality details:
- Becky and her husband's period-piece panache
- Amy and Ashley's uke-and-vox dual personas
- Eli’s porkpie hat
- A Yoda (and legit-looking mic) on Chris’s piano
- Curt’s eighties-Springsteen bandana
Sometimes it’s more than a glimpse — it’s a whole new side of someone. I’ve known Brandon for 5 years. We’ve collaborated on projects, brain-jammed over beers. And I had no idea he played piano at all, let alone like a concert pianist.
We are together
I love seeing the 😭 emojis in Slack, and the realmojis on people’s faces, during a performance.
This one’s especially meaningful for me. I returned to Viget in April after two years in the (metaphorical) wilderness; two weeks after a (mentally) harrowing escape from Morocco; and amid Covid’s (mind-boggling) initial wreckage.
Viget’s togetherness has helped me keep it together through these months. I’m sure I’m not alone.
And each musical number is a toe-tapping, smile-inducing reminder. 💙 🧡