Blessing In Disguise - Recorded in July of 2020
"This is our musical offering for all of us struggling to find our way through the pandemic and hold onto a vision for the future. Our story, like most musicians, is that we lost all our work from March 12th onwards. At the time we said, “We have to look at this as a blessing in disguise.” This song emerged slowly over the next three months.
We started hearing news stories about the clearing skies due to the shutdown and lower pollution levels. It’s an unintended consequence that shows how effectively billions of people can respond to a threat and dramatically change their behavior almost overnight. The pandemic is causing terrible suffering, yet there are things we are learning that will help us meet even greater challenges of climate change, racism and social and economic justice—such as the ability to turn on a dime and work together for the common good."
The song features Wilds members Holly Arntzen (vocals, dulcimer, piano), Kevin Wright (vocals, cajon) Nathen Aswell (bass). Our family members joining us: Natalia Tisot-Wright (vocals) is Kevin’s daughter, Leif Arntzen is Holly’s trumpet-playing brother in New York; his son Miles Francis Arntzen added percussion. In Vancouver, brother Tom Arntzen played organ, and his son Arnt Arntzen tracked the banjo.