“When the Covid-19 pandemic broke out … I stopped eating, stopped sleeping and stopped exercising. I stopped making music—a lifelong passion—and even stopped listening to music,” writes Jeremy Samuel Faust in Saturday’s (6/5) New York Times. Faust is a medical doctor and director of a chorus of medical and science professionals in Boston. “I was not depressed…. I was filled with intense energy and focus…. I found myself in a self-imposed music embargo…. Something changed on Dec. 13, 2020, the first day of coronavirus vaccinations in the United States…. I became aware of an unfamiliar feeling: optimism. Later that evening, I watched a YouTube video of Mitsuko Uchida playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. For the second time in one day, tears were streaming down my face. Music and medicine were intertwined in my life once more…. When businesses closed to stop the spread of Covid-19, the arts also shut down…. This is a call to return to the live performing arts. Please do so after you are vaccinated. More important, pursue the activities that make your life richer and that make you happy…. It is time to embrace the aspects of our lives that make us the most human.”