In 2020 as we struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, music as we know it has changed. It’s clearly more than just live venues being shut down or albums being delayed. Musicians, session players, sound engineers, booking agents, DJs, labels, tour managers, music video directors and producers, event staff, and many more have been, and will continue to be affected by having their livelihood taken away by this terrible pandemic.

In 1918 the world was in the grips of a similar pandemic that infected over a third of the world’s population. That pandemic, The Spanish Flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, was responsible for killing over 50 million people globally by 1919. During this time frame as with today, a pandemic can’t stop MUSIC. To that point, Columbia College Chicago musical artists, producers, engineers, and music business students are banding together to support the music industry in these dire times by recording a special project to assist the COVID-19 Relief Fund through The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation, MusiCares.

This collaborative effort features Columbia College Chicago artists recording songs from the Public Domain spanning the years 1900-1924, and putting their own unique twist to each recording. The album is released through Gold Note Records – an independent record label located in Chicago, IL. Gold Note Records is owned and operated by bassist/producer, Alan Goldsher. We hope that you not only support this endeavor, but also gain a deeper appreciation for music from this era and realize the power of music.

In 2020, we can make a difference for the industry that we all rely on by taking a page from the past and shining a new light on music from a time period that refused to give in to a pandemic, while supporting the MusiCares charity through the work of our students. From US to You. We love you, Music!

Learn more about the history of each song on Vol. l.

Track 1: “Ain’t We Got Fun”

Track 2: “Shine”

Track 3: “Shine On, Harvest Moon”

Track 4: “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”

Track 5: “Beautiful Dreamer”