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Quarantine Diaries: Brandy Clark Is Watching Netflix Documentaries & Hiking With Her Nephew
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, country singer/songwriter and GRAMMY nominee Brandy Clark shares her Quarantine Diary. Brandy's latest album, Your Life Is A Record, is out now.
[5:30–6 a.m.] I have been waking up early during quarantine. Not on purpose. I think that the stress of all that is going on right now in the world wakes me up and won’t let me go back to sleep. So, I get up, make a cup of coffee, watch the sun come up and get on with my day. After a conversation with a friend who is working his way through Julia Cameron's The Artist Way, I decided to work through it myself. I’ve had several creatives suggest this book to me through the years and just have never gotten around to doing it. The morning pages have been a real lifesaver to me during this time.
[8:00 a.m.] On my best days, I will do some sort of workout. I have done some facetime training with Katie Barnes in Nashville who has the BEST quarantine workouts!!!!! Now it doesn’t make up for all of the quarantine snacking, but at least it keeps me active and a little closer to my pre-COVID fitness.
[9:30 a.m.] I’m definitely a couple of cups of coffee in at this point and so I’ll do some sort of breakfast. Usually something that involves and egg or some oatmeal.
[10:30–11 a.m.] Most days I will either be doing a Zoom write or some sort of live stream. BOTH of these things have really kept me going during this time. It’s so nice to be creative with people who inspire me, even if it’s virtually. And then the live streams have given me an outlet to get my new album [Your Life Is A Record] out to fans. ALL of this has made me become a little more tech savvy. I’m someone who before COVID could barely send a text message.
[3–4 p.m.] I’m usually done writing by now and oftentimes will read or just watch bad TV. One of the BLESSINGS in this quarantine for me has been my nephew Max. He came down from Alaska for a visit and kept me busier than I’m used to. We hiked, biked, swam, played cards and guitars and just had the BEST time I’ve had in a long time. He has reminded me of all that is good in this world.
[7 p.m.] By this point of the day, it’s time for dinner and just relaxation. I have been cooking for myself and that has been really fun. I’m trying to cook as healthy and as adventurous as I can. I even made some healthy version of eggplant parmesan recently. I am typically eating in restaurants several nights a week and so this has been a good change.
[8–12 a.m.] I’m just hanging on the couch with my two favorite dogs Bette and Ava for the rest of the night. They are my favorite part of just about any day. I’m so lucky to have them always, but especially now. I try to get lost in some sort of Netflix documentary or series as opposed to the news. It’s been a scary and uncertain time in a lot of ways, but there have also been some good things in the slowdown for me.
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