We’ve been under lockdown in our Crazy Daysies circle since early March, but as Florida reemerges from the cocoon, things are looking up. News is up on their first show after shutdowns, a change in schedule for their live Facebook show, and a new chain (of sorts).
The Crazy Daysies Jennifer Day Thompson and Rebecca Day have been super busy despite losing thousands of dollars in scheduled shows canceled as the virus began to spread. They are currently rebooking a very scrambled calendar. They’ve also made a decision about their Facebook ‘Live from Ja’Ville’ show, and a new project involves a special chain they’ve created.
It seems like only yesterday Rebecca was doing a solo gig at Ragtime Tavern where the house was packed and a good time was had by all. That was March 11, and I ducked out when she was on break to reassure a loved one who called me from out of state that we would be okay. The ‘Rona’ was big breaking news. One question haunts me. How did I escape catching that virus? The bar was fuller than I’d ever seen it, with the crowd a mix of Daysies supporters and tourists. I can’t tell you how many people I hugged that night. I have said many prayers of thanks that I didn’t contract it, but it still puzzles me because my age places me at high risk.
On the way home that night I came right out and told Rebecca things would be rocky for awhile because I knew a shutdown loomed. She and Jennifer did the smart thing and hit the drawing board to come up with a way to keep the music going.
Ironically the shutdown proved to be a creative asset. Roughly one dozen songs had simmered on the back burner because of travel and local shows as well as other duties associated with running a music business. For Jen (and the rest of our family too), the first year of Baby Dylan’s life was most definitely an attention getter. Soon the Daysies will head to the studio to do some recording, and their new song “Hurricane” will be first in line.
In other news, Jenn and Rebecca have a confirmed date for their first public show since the shutdown. The Crazy Daysies duo will do a show at one of our family’s favorite venues, Brick Oven Pizza in Orange Park. They’ll open at 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, and play until 12 midnight.
Rebecca and Jen are working the calendar, and we’ll keep everyone informed on their duo shows, shows with Wes Goode, and solo work. One way to stay on top of everything is to join the new Daisy Chain, a private group for “Chainiacs” who are key supporters and friends. This is the group where news will break first, and you can join at the Daysie Chain Facebook page.
In other news, one of the Daysies’ songs is now being used in a video game played by millions, so that makes at least three songs picked up by labels and such from their portfolio. Special thanks to Pandora for featuring their songs, including mention in an email promo that was a nice surprise, and thanks to the brick and mortar and online radio stations for playing their works. Also, thanks to First Coast News for including the show in a recent writeup.
In keeping with Rebecca’s passion for economics, we’re happy to announce she’ll have another article published, this one at econcircus.com. We’ll pop a link up when it’s featured; it relates to her experiences as a business owner in the music world. Rebecca will also continue her work as the founder of the Jacksonville chapter of The Bastiat Society, Florida’s only chapter in the international network.
Tonight’s show—the theme is Jenn’s birthday complete with costumes—is the last Friday show they’ll do. However, ‘Live from Ja’Ville’ is a permanent part of our lives now, and the show will move starting next week to Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. The Thursday show will be a great way to jumpstart your weekend. Shows done during the shutdown have drawn supporters from many states— among them Florida (of course), South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, California, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Georgia. Fans also come from other countries like Georgia, Italy, and India. All are welcome to the Daysie Family—friends and supporters are what give the girls the inspiration to keep on keeping the music on.
In weeks to come, you’ll be hearing more new music. It’s a puzzle why during stressful times artists often create their best work, but that’s exactly what’s happened to us with this ‘Rona’ crisis.
Tune in to the Crazy Daysies Live from JaVille for tonight’s show at 6 p.m. and help celebrate Jenn’s birthday. Word is her costume will be beach bum style. Rebecca will dress as a spy, and she says she’s going to try some of her Russian out. Most definitely should be interesting. Da. 😊
(Kay B. Day/May 22, 2020)
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