September 23, 2020
From a May 13, 2020, NATS Interview with Tim Sharp
In this time of reflection, I [have been] overwhelmed by the empathy of friends. . . . I was most thankful for the outpouring of incredible kindness by people all around the world. The very first offer I had from someone when they found out that we had the virus, was from a friend in Shenzhen, China, who packaged up a box of masks to send me. . . . I had a Muslim friend in Turkey, who immediately sent me a prayer.

Again, these are things that would not normally be a part of my life. . . . I saw an immediate outpouring by people of cultures that sometimes are not a part of your normal circle. That, to me, was incredible. I knew it was there, but when you have a tangible, absolutely touchable reason for you to get together with people, they acted on it, and they did it in a way that was concrete and that had some vulnerability on their part. That was really touching to me, and it said to me, “Wow, look at what we have here.”

. . . I give great, great thanks for this choral community that I have been afforded over the last few years because I’ve met these people from all over the world. Because I do have them in my life, and they responded. . . . I’ll never be the same, it just changes your whole feeling about whether this meant something or not, all of this networking and context that we have. I’m very grateful for the empathy that I received personally for this period. Read the entire interview transcription
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