March 15, 2020. For Clinton Swanson and Jesse Lee, that was the day the music died.

Both performers didn’t know they had played their last gig, but when the pandemic forced the cancellations of public gatherings, their full-time music careers were immediately impacted.

Swanson shares the difficult decision to go back to school, the doubts the pandemic has inspired and the shift of the music industry to online. Meanwhile, Lee became a handyman — despite not being very handy — and managed to pull together some music projects in the form of an EP and his first solo album.

Photo by Rod Wilson