Shame on Party Politics
I would truly like to know when it became ok for a US Senator or Representative to say they would not vote for something strictly because the other party supported it, with no regard of whether it was good for the American People. On Monday President Biden signed a bi-partisan infrastructure bill into Law and even though Senator McConnell believed the bill was right for the American people and voted for it he refused to go to the signing ceremony for fear of the optics of supporting a democratic president. When the ex president put out a statement that republicans that voted for the bill should be ashamed and voted out of office instead of republicans standing up and defending the action to be non partisan in favor of doing their job they hid. The republicans and democrats who are actually working for the American people in Washington have proven to be few. When Liz Cheney or Susan Collins or Joe Manchin or Angus King work together we should be applauding them for doing what our representatives are supposed to do: Represent Us the American People. Instead party leadership talks about removing them from the party or working to get them out of office. I am currently in Germany on tour and when I read the headlines that sound like our politicians should be on an elementary playground instead of in Washington DC I wish I could say they got it wrong. But they accurately describe how truly ineffective our democratically elected officials have become. We watched when Obama was in office the Republican change the rules so that they could fill the court with their nominees, then watched as the Democrats refused to work with republicans on other issues because of this change when the last President took office. And now we watch as the republicans refuse to work with the democrats not because they don’t agree with them but because they do not want them to be successful in hopes that they can gain control again in the midterms. The losers here are the American People. This infrastructure bill should have been passed months ago when the weather was warm and people were out of work and things could have gotten moving quickly. Instead the republicans stalled things for months because they knew this President and the democrats truly did want it to be bi-partisan. They used that against them and I find that appalling. And as much as I understand that the democrats don’t want to do what the republicans did in changing the votes necessary for the Supreme Court justices by doing away with the filibuster altogether I think we all suffer when neither party cares as much about doing their job, as much as they care about which party they belong to. I for one will look closely at where my representatives were on this bill and others that are coming up. And no one who is not willing to stand up for the American People and for what they know is right will get my vote. For the Senators and Congressional Members that voted across party lines and stood up Thank you. For the rest of you I hope the next time you have to face your constituents when a bridge fails or the roads are washed away you are held accountable.
To Be or Not to Be
Good Morning from Germany. Yesterday I spent a lot of my day texting with family members that feel strongly that the vaccine is a violation of their personal freedom. It’s hard for me to believe it, but its true. On the one hand I do not like the government dictating what we do with our bodies, but I also would hope that unless there are medical reasons we would care enough about our fellow human beings to stop this pandemic by getting vaccinated. And I have heard all the arguments about it not being tested enough and my answer is that it’s been tested now on millions and guess what it’s working. While there have been break thru cases they have survived. I did not want to get vaccinated and I normally do not get vaccines because I have had reactions and medically could have opted out. But I was sick at the beginning of this pandemic and I was lucky, I have lost several good friends to Covid and heard them gasp for air, I was not about to take a chance that I gave it to someone else if I could help it. I also really was ready to go back to work and being vaccinated made that possible. Here in Germany we have to show our vaccine cards at every restaurant or café that we want to have a meal at and I feel much safer knowing they have checked. I am American and I bleed red white and blue and I will defend anyone’s right to make their own decision but that being said I do not have to think it’s right. I truly believe that it’s a very selfish decision and that part of living in civilized society is caring about our fellow inhabitants. I love my family and my friends and it breaks my heart that this has become such a polarizing subject.
While I am on the subject of polarizing let’s talk about the latest barrage of hate. Everyone who knows me knows I did not vote for our last President but Biden was also not my first choice. What I find fascinating though is that even though Biden was not in office when the pandemic hit America all of sudden people want to rewrite history and say that if our last President was in office now it would be better. Guess what the economy was in the toilet, people were dying and we were having riots nightly across this country when our last President got voted out of office. Things are not peachy now, we still have a long way to go before we fully recover from what the Pandemic caused neither the last President nor the current President could have completely controlled that. But the market is at an all time high, unemployment is finally getting back to prepandemic numbers and yes prices are higher. Higher because there are still shortages from manufactures being closed and shipping. Truly had generations of politicians and businesses not shipped our companies out of the country we would not be in the shape we are in now with getting products. I get it, it’s easier to blame someone. We did it with the last guy and we are doing it now but the truth is we are all responsible for what happens in this world and our country. It starts with each of us. For me that started with caring enough to get vaccinated. Only you can decide what you can do to make this a better place -or we can just keep pointing fingers.
Wow we are finally back in Germany! In March 2020 we were looking forward to two weeks off between the Australian tour and European tour and then Covid stopped the world from traveling. Instead of two weeks off we were home for almost 20 months. Without all of you joining us on the worldwide web for concerts and purchasing tshirts, CDs and the many other items we have on our website and even some commissioned pieces of art from SONiA we would not have survived. For all of you THANK YOU and to those of you who joined in on patreon…it truly makes a difference, we are forever grateful.
Since we just took our first international trip I wanted to share what we went thru though so that those of you who are planning to travel will know what to expect. First we flew Delta and on their website they have this great link that you can plug your country of travel in and it will tell you what is required. Here is that link: https://www.timaticweb2.com/integration/external?ref=b25123445626e872424db944237b61da&modify=1
For Germany we had to upload our information this link: https://einreiseanmeldung.de/#/
You are required to upload your vaccine cards and fill out some information about you and your trip. As of the date of our travel you were not required to quarantine if have been vaccinated but things change all the time so check it when you are ready to travel. If you have not been vaccinated (PLEASE DO) you will need a Covid test within so many hours of traveling we got one anyway just to be safe in case someone asked. When you depart you will be required to show the airline and when you arrive in Germany you will need to show your vaccine card and the printed version of the registration information that you uploaded to the link I provided. They also asked us for our return travel information, I had it on the phone but they asked me to please print it out next time so good idea to have it printed and ready. Sorry we have to use paper for environmental reasons but for now you should. At every restaurant and hotel you will need to show your vaccine cards so have it ready. If you have not been vaccinated you have to have a Covid test from within 24 hours which will be a pain if you want to travel a lot. Much easier and smarter to be vaccinated!
Well here’s to the world opening up again and seeing you on the road soon. Shows are still at limited capacity but we hope by spring that will change. We really are so happy to be back on tour and until we can see you please stay in touch on the web. This month for breast cancer awareness month we are asking you to please visit the SONiA disappear fear music page on Amazon and pick up a Cd or DVD it will help in two ways it will show Amazon that we are back on the road and for every purchase we will be donating to the National Breast Cancer Foundation ….plus it’s a great way to share our music.
With love from Vlotho Germany
On the Road Again
Well we are finally getting ready to get back on the road! Been a long time and I am looking forward to it and yet at the same time we are trying our best to think things through and make safe decisions for everyone we will come into contact with. Sonia and I are both fully vaccinated and we hope that the majority of the folks who will be coming to the shows will be too. If not please do your part and wear a mask. Sonia cannot wear one when singing so please!
As we start to get ready to travel of course I am having to find out what travel requirements are in place and advance shows. Costs are way up this year for travel which is crazy as the companies need the business but I guess they have decided to recoup everything they lost by charging those of us traveling. Too bad since most of these big companies got subsidized during the worst of the pandemic. Sonia has it harder than me in some ways because one of the things that she has to do to get ready for a tour is quit eating dairy. Most of you know she loves dairy especially ice cream so I was thrilled to find out that Oatly makes non dairy ice cream in her favorite flavors! Thank you Oatly - I love it too. So for all you singers out there or vegans try it. It’s worth it I promise.
I will write more as we hit the road. I am really looking forward to seeing all of you and hopefully next summer will bring festivals in person and lots more venues. For now please stay safe.