We've been gathering 'digital postcards' from a variety of creatives who have, like the rest of us, been staying put and filling their days and nights as purposefully as they might, in the most curious of times...

Today, musician Alma Kelleher (AKA Lux Alma) checks in... 

I've been asked to write about staying creative during lockdown. So the first thing I've to get out of the way is to admit that until 5 days ago, I was entirely, completely uncreative throughout lockdown. That's 191 days of doing zero things. Nada. 

This is partly because I lost my voice in late March and it took a long time for it to get back to full strengh, with the help of some truly brilliant vocal coaching from Michelle O'Rourke. So much of who I am is tied up in singing and playing music, and for a brief period, I wondered who I was without it. I took such comfort in watching other musicians create and share things online, and I was deeply sad not to be able to lend my voice to it.

As this was happening, my job as a composer and sound designer for theatre was also put on indefinite hold, and so music went on the back burner and my confidence took a hammering. I was fine, we were safe and well, but I wasn't exactly the most radiant version of myself.

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So as we face into a winter of the same and I'm vocally fit, I thought now was a good time to get stuck into some music-making. I thought about what gives me the most joy in music, and that's singing my little heart out, an unnecessary amount of harmonies, and interpreting songs to give them a new flavour.

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I decided to do 20 cover versions in 20 days. I've set a few rules for myself - to not begin working on a song before the day I'll release it, and to share something every day, even if it comes out crap and I just end up singing into my phone.

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In losing my voice, I've also learned to let go of a tonne of ego, and so I'm really trying not to worry about what people will think of these songs, and just follow my nose about what feels fun. And I deliberately made it public on my social media, just to hold myself accountable!

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The other important ingredient is that I'm choosing songs that I'd usually shy away from, for fear of not doing them justice. But how will I know if I don't try? And like, the world is burning and voices don't last forever, so now is most certainly the best time to do it. So I've already tackled a Eurovision song, a much-loved Villagers song, and I've an Enya song I'm hoping to attempt. What fool touches Enya?! This fool, that's who!

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So I'm now wildly busy every day, for the first time in six months. And it's made-up busy, but my heart is full and my brain has other things to think about besides America eating itself, climate breakdown or an airborne disease come to kill us all.

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I have a plan for today, but literally no idea what I'll do tomorrow. That seems fitting for the times we're in; keep it loose, hope that some magic will occur and above all, keep at it.

Read more Postcards From The Pandemic here.