End Of The Year ThoughtsBongo & B
2020 was a turbulent year to say the very least. As the year progressed, it almost seemed like things could not get any worse. The global pandemic known as Covid-19 forced the world to pause everything and this affected every single person on the planet in some way or another. Many industries were forced to close and some were even driven to bankruptcy. Our industry was no different. Live entertainment was almost non existent in 2020 and recent studies from Forbes have shown that the entertainment industry stands to lose over $150 billion from this years outcome. With all this negative news it would almost seem like there is no hope. However despite all of the fear and uncertainty this year has brought, we can truly say that we are blessed to have made it through to the other side stronger than ever.
This year allowed us to take a step back from everything and value what was truly important. In the midst of all the glamour and glitz of the entertainment industry, it can be very easy to forget the simple pleasures that pursued us to join this industry in the first place. Once that is all taken away, we find ourselves missing what once was. No more live events, no more rehearsals and more importantly, no more work. With constant evolving restrictions that were placed by local and national governments, it made it almost impossible for anyone to plan any event. It forced everyone to adapt to a new normal which introduced a whole set of rules and regulations.
Suddenly during the summer, we were asked to perform at an event where we played in front of a small, socially distanced crowd and what followed simply was magical. We realized we were not performing at just any gig, we were really having an amazing time together. After months of isolation and being distant from one another, it was as if it were the first time we had ever performed together. In fact, although our crowd was small, they were enjoying every single second of it. Some danced, some cheered and a few even shed a tear or two of happiness simply from being out of the house enjoying live music for a change. Live entertainment truly has a magical way about it, and 2020 reminded us of that.
We decided to join this industry because we wanted the luxury of living a life where we can truly enjoy the work we do and make people happy at the same time. There are people in the world that pray for the life we live and we need to be more appreciative of the opportunities we are given. We are truly blessed to be in the position we are in. We know the year may has been tough, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes we all need to take a step back to see the bigger picture and 2020 was the step we needed to truly appreciate what we have.
We are proud to say that Bongo & B has weathered the storm. We are ready for 2021 and any challenges it may throw at us. We truly cannot wait to see you all in person and celebrate life together again soon. From all of us at Bongo & B, we wish each and everyone of you the happiest of holidays and can’t wait to see you all again in the new year. Trust us when we say, you haven’t seen the last of us just yet.