As the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock the music industry, the Recording Academy reached out to a few musicians to see how they were spending their days indoors. Today, jazz-pop performer Nikki Yanofsky, who will release her third studio album, Black Sheep, on July 10, shares her Quarantine Diary.
Wednesday, April 1
[8 a.m.-10 a.m.] Asleep. Sleep is really good for the immune system, right?? That’s what I tell myself anyway. You have to justify it somehow. I haven’t slept in like this since I was a teenager.
[10 a.m.-12 p.m.] I get up, wash up, put on my best suit (sweatsuit) and let my dog Bruce outside. I feed him, put on some music (this morning it was Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man), make a coffee and catch up on my emails! I have some things to work on for Reddit, American Songwriter and SiruisXM Volume today. There seem to be so many amazing initiatives to help support the fight against COVID-19 from home.
[12 p.m.-2 p.m.] I hop on my Peloton bike at 12. Everyone laughed at me when I got it because most people my age enjoy going out to the gym, but who's laughing now!? (No one. No one is laughing.) I do a 30-minute class and then tune in to an Instagram live with a local trainer that has been streaming barre classes. I do that for 45 minutes, shower and eat some brunch.
Today I ate whatever fruit I could find (apples, oranges and grapes) along with some scrambled eggs. (I'm on my best behavior today because I know I have to write about it. Yesterday I had pancakes with half a bottle of maple syrup. I’ll share that picture instead.)
[2 p.m.-4 p.m.] I do my vocal warm-ups, sing along to some of my new album (shameless plug, but Black Sheep comes out July 10) to keep me ready for any postponed shows I have when this is all over. I FaceTime my parents to make sure they're doing all right.
[4 p.m.-6 p.m.] I proceed to lock myself in my little "home studio" (legit just a midi piano hooked up to logic) to write. By the time I lift my head up, it’s 6 p.m. and I realize I have to feed Bruce his dinner.
[6 p.m.-8 p.m.] I feed Bruce, feed myself (dinner is a chickpea pasta with mushrooms, black olives and tomatoes. I guess I’m a chef in quarantine?) and go back to work.
[8 p.m.-10 p.m.] I don’t keep my phone with me when I’m "in the studio" (hahaha it’s just a room) but at around 9:30 p.m. it occurs to me I should probably check it. My manager texted me to ask if I have done even one of the things he has asked me to do in quarantine. I tell him I'm on it, but really I am still writing.
[10 p.m.-12 a.m.] By now I’ve forgotten what he asked me to do (it was to make sure my mic is set up for a live stream) and I get into bed, put on old episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" until I fall asleep. Very exciting day!! Guess what I’m doing tomorrow!?! The exact same thing!
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