Community Champion plays for those stuck inside

With the COVID-19 outbreak, we can’t enjoy live music like we used to, all packed into crowded concert halls or tiny bars.But one Maine musician says he hopes to bring comfort and solace for those at home.Twice a day, with every strum and pluck of a string, Jim Gallant is sharing his music, in a way he never really had before.”I’ve always said music is just another five-letter word for magic and what you can do with it is amazing.” Gallant said.The Maine musician has been playing since high school and ranks Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel and Chet Atkins among his heroes.On the last day of March, Jim decided to share on Facebook an original song he wrote years ago. One that carries some weight while coping with the challenges of life with the coronavirus. “I had written a song a couple of years ago called “We Can’t Stay Down.” he said. “It’s about going through difficult times and shaking it off and getting back up and back on your feet again.” He started getting requests for other songs and thought since he can’t perform in public, going online is the next best thing. He now posts daily originals and covers and asks for requests. “It’s very nice to see, and a lot of great comments and kind words. I appreciate it very much.” he said.Jim has another set lined up to start off the weekend, and will continue to play.”I will do it as long as we have stay-in-the-house orders or whatever this is, going through.”

With the COVID-19 outbreak, we can’t enjoy live music like we used to, all packed into crowded concert halls or tiny bars.

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But one Maine musician says he hopes to bring comfort and solace for those at home.

Twice a day, with every strum and pluck of a string, Jim Gallant is sharing his music, in a way he never really had before.

“I’ve always said music is just another five-letter word for magic and what you can do with it is amazing.” Gallant said.

The Maine musician has been playing since high school and ranks Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel and Chet Atkins among his heroes.

On the last day of March, Jim decided to share on Facebook an original song he wrote years ago. One that carries some weight while coping with the challenges of life with the coronavirus.

“I had written a song a couple of years ago called “We Can’t Stay Down.” he said. “It’s about going through difficult times and shaking it off and getting back up and back on your feet again.”

He started getting requests for other songs and thought since he can’t perform in public, going online is the next best thing. He now posts daily originals and covers and asks for requests.

“It’s very nice to see, and a lot of great comments and kind words. I appreciate it very much.” he said.

Jim has another set lined up to start off the weekend, and will continue to play.

“I will do it as long as we have stay-in-the-house orders or whatever this is, going through.”