When I was a boy my mother introduced me to rock and roll very early on. I felt the music permeate my every pore. I felt it in my bones. It literally made me feel infected by that tremendous power to transmit joy and energetic synergy of loud music and young voices talking about love and love lost.
My earliest musical memories are of Mexican Spanish language rock and roll bands like Los Apson Boys, Enrique Guzman, Los Teen Tops, and Los Rebeldes del Rock among others. Of course, she also loved English language rock-n-roll by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and others. It is because of this love of music instilled by my mother, and in other ways by my father, that I joined musical groups throughout my teens and early twenties.
The exiting part about being in a band is the exposure. Singing and performing in front of crowds produces quite a rush. Unfortunately, it seems that it can also produce a high fever, bloodshot eyes, runny nose, and an outbreak of tiny red spots on the skin.
That is exactly what officials at the Washington State Department of Health are worried about. According to an article on N.P.R. , a young woman attended a concert after having visited some of her family who were in the midst of a measles condition.
Apparently the threat of just this one woman having had contact with so many people after having had contact with her infected family is because measles is a condition which is highly contagious. The article points out that the virus can stay in the air for a long time even without the continued presence of the infected carrier. The potential impact of this one individual is tremendous, being that she was at a concert where, undoubtedly, she must have been sharing space with many people in tight quarters.
The worst thing about this weird report is that contrary to popular misconceptions in this brave new world of advanced medicine, diseases which have been supposedly neutralized by science, such as measles, can actually kill. Not to be facetious, but sounds pretty cool to be so passionate for rock-n-roll that you threaten other people’s lives just by making it out to the concert. Like that song says: “I said I’d kill for rock and roll.”