A Year in Review: Rob Morrison of The Booklights

Throughout the next few weeks, we will be sharing personal perspectives on the past year and a half throughout the COVID-19 pandemic from artists and those who work in the music industry.

Like so many artists, and people in general, the members of The Booklights were hit hard by the pandemic. We’re all actors on top of being musicians, and it obviously wasn’t a great time for live performance. Speaking for myself, I lost three theatrical contracts that would have kept me in constant work for all of 2020 into 2021. This abrupt halt gave me plenty of time for reflection, and as I was looking back on the many music projects I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of, I started thinking about The Booklights. We’d been active in 2014-2015, but had been on an indefinite hiatus since then, and never had a chance to record any of songs. Being in quarantine left all of us itching for creativity, so we decided to record an EP of five of our songs, completely remotely, with the help of producer James Frazee. A lot about the last year and a half was rough…but making this EP, shooting music video for our single “My Woman, the Almanac,” and collaborating with Lauren, Benny, and Rachel again were some really delightful bright spots.

Featured Image: Shervin Lainez

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