In Lithuania we are staying home from March 13. Many of us think our government isn't testing enough people. That's why we have only 255 cases at the moment. The government probably doesn't have enough capacity to do so but everyone knows they should have bought tools and equipment right when they saw how the situation in China is developing.
We have 4 casualties at the moment.
A lot of confirmed cases are here are doctors which means they are not getting adequate protection. Everyone is very worried because if enough doctors will be infected, there will be no one to treat other people.
The most annoying thing to watch is how our health minister dismisses every concern about not taking enough serious measures earlier because "there wasn't any need".
Probably the government isn't the only one at fault here. World Health Organisation should have advised this worldwide months ago. Now every nation is taking different security measures and a lot of them are doing it too late or not enough. If there was one global strict recommendation to lockdown everything let's say for one month in January, we probably wouldn't have Italy, Spain or Germany's outbrake with resulting casualties.
But people are people and don't react until it's too late. In Lithuania beginning of March on the weekend there was a traditional open market on the streets at the feast of St Casimir. People didn't attend in droves this year but still this was a big risk.
Around that time basketball game in the indoor arena was attended even by our President who officially said on TV he trusts our security system. This was a very bad example.
On March 11 Lithuania celebrated our Restoration of Independence day. Official events were moved from the parliament to the nearby square. Still a big risk.
In our church at the day the university held a concert on this special occasion. 3 choirs performed. The church wasn't full but it had still quite a few people. I was playing the organ. Big risk for everybody.
I wish we all stayed home in January. Then maybe global pandemic wouldn't have spread.
Stay safe! Stay at home!
For organists having one or more MIDI keyboards with or without the MIDI pedalboard connected to a laptop is a wonderful possibility to practice during a quarantine relatively inexpensively.
Ausra and I enjoy Hauptwerk virtual pipe organ program a lot where we can play and record on quality sample sets of real organs. Right now we only have one keyboard but are waiting for the pedalboard to arrive hopefully this spring. But even without the pedals we are having a blast recording and sharing manualiter works with our Patreon supporters.
For example, yesterday afternoon Ausra recorded gentle Krebs' Praeambulum Christ lag in Todesbanden and I - his cheerful Fuga a 3 in C Major.
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
Don't have an organ at home?
Download paper manuals and pedals, print them out, cut the white spaces, tape the sheets together and you'll be ready to practice anywhere where is a desk and floor. Make sure you have a higher chair.