Off the Hook Arts’ Alcove is an online forum to provide a space for artists to come together during this uncertain time. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected essentially all aspects of life; however, the arts community is feeling the loss and grief of what was once “normal.” Artists can no longer use their platform to bring groups of people together physically, but here at OtHA we aren’t going to let that stop us.
The Arts’ Alcove recognizes artists of any kind – musicians, writers, actors, etc. – to submit their work virtually. Once work is uploaded to our website, a support button will allow viewers to enjoy the works and make a donation that benefits both the artist, and at their discretion, OtHA. Essentially, the Arts’ Alcove plays the role of an online gallery as a platform for artists to exhibit their creativity during these uncertain times, people to enjoy and support their favorite artists, and discover new artists to love.
“The Arts’ Alcove is a creative, clever, kind, collaborative, constructive idea, and I hope our audiences enjoy it. Artists and art lovers need to support each other right now, and the Arts’ Alcove is a perfect way to lead. Thank you!”
West Side Joe & the Men of Soul bring their song “Raindrop Don’t Care” to the Arts’ Alcove this week. The blues, rock, and R&B trio bring their friendship and spirit to their resonant sound. The group’s uniting mentality is the idea that the more you listen to the people you’re playing with the better musician and – according to Joe – the better person you’re going to be.
The titular lyric is actually courtesy of Joe’s 8-year old daughter who sang it one day while out playing with her dad. Joe says that for a long time “I didn’t know what it meant, so I started writing a song around it. And just recently I actually learned what the song means.”
To find out what the song means, listen to this week’s Arts’ Alcove Podcast below, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts.