The Mask

Masks are a pain in the butt. There. I said it. I hate it when I walk the dog in the morning only to forget my mask. How am I supposed to get my coffee? Wearing a mask is a constant inconvenience and frustration to me.

That said, I’m 100% in favor of wearing the mask to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. I can’t understand why some people are so opposed, it’s not a big deal to me. Masks have been used throughout history for a variety of reasons. But they can be especially interesting if you’re a creator.

Think about the mask as an artist. I love the idea of creating a persona, of becoming an actor. Think about Tom Waits. Do you think he’s really an old drunk who still lives in dive hotels? Of course not. He created that persona years ago. He’s moved on from that person, but he knows people still see him like that. Think of it as his mask.

I’ll gladly wear the mask, both literally and figuratively. Even if the literal mask is a pain in the butt at times. To help stop spread of a deadly virus, I’m in.

I’m even more in when we look at the mask as being a mysterious piece of a performer’s costume. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.