“Let’s be real, lockdown has been bloody tough”: James Humphrys shares his lockdown thoughts

James Humphrys

Like the rest of us, James Humphrys is dealing with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Fitting for a working musician, he has explored his emotions in a new song, Three Weeks.

During a candid Zoom call with a friend, Humphrys realised it’s OK, and healthy, to share.

“Let’s be real, lockdown has been bloody tough for us all – particularly those living far away from loved ones. For me, much of the time I tried not to think about how rubbish it felt to feel so distant and disconnected, and for the most part I managed fine and tried to focus on the fact that this would not be forever – but ultimately, sometimes those thoughts felt pretty overwhelming.”

James Humphrys

Humphrys has experience of confinement, albeit less lonely, as he’s been a musician on a cruise ship. He explained: “It was a surreal experience. The ocean and the scenery which we experienced every day for the best part of a year was expansive and freeing but the monotony and regimental tendencies of ship life would conflict with this; you could very easily feel confined and trapped at times.”

He made the most of that time by writing the songs for his EP, so it’s no surprise that he’s doing the same now. Despite everything, his positive attitude shines through: “even though many things may look bleak at the moment, we shouldn’t be afraid to look for the positives and embrace the joy that they can bring us.”