We asked local musicians to share their plans for the quarantine. Get to know the Blue Anchor Belles.

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Name: The Blue Anchor Belles (Liz, Lauren, Goldie)


Website: BlueAnchorBelles.com


Social media: @BlueAnchorBelles


What’s going on with you musically right now?


All of our gigs next week have been canceled (seven). A few are pending, but will likely be canceled. Most of our audience falls in the high-risk category, such as the elderly or those with underlying health problems, so everyone is playing it safe.


What are your general thoughts about the coronavirus?


We are very sad for those affected and a little scared for our military family and friends overseas. We understand, appreciate and feel grateful for the measures being taken here in the Gulf Coast, and we hope and pray this subsides as quick as it can.


What event/activity are you most sad was canceled because of the coronavirus?


Birthday Parties. We had many parties we were planning on entertaining this week. It’s always a ton of fun and we love being a part of the celebration. Many were turning over 100.


Will you work at a job over the next couple of weeks?


Liz is a full-time mom outside of singing, so yes. Lauren is a freelance artist outside of singing so will continue to work remotely. Goldie is a solo singer/songwriter outside the Blue Anchor Belles so most of her gigs have been canceled as well. She will use this time to write new material and learn to love ramen noodles again.


If you plan to self-quarantine, what TV/movies will you watch? Books?


Yes, we plan to self quarantine. We are doing our best to stay at home as much as possible except to go get food and Taco Bell napkins to use as toilet paper.


As far as catching up on some TV and movies that we love, Goldie just sent us a bunch of new music to learn so we’re going to say that we’ll totally be practicing, and won’t have any time to watch all nine seasons of “The Office” for the eighth time in a row.


What music do you recommend right now?


Our musical tastes tend to be stuck in the ’40s, Vera Lynn's "(There'll be Blue Birds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover" (1941) is such a lovely nostalgic piece of hope and yearning for things to return as they use to be.


How would you describe your self-quarantine fashion aesthetic?


Liz has Danimals yogurt in her hair, but she says that’s a typical everyday fashion thanks to her girls.


Lauren is self-quarantining at the beach, so she’s sporting a brand new old swimsuit she found in the back of her closet, and Texas-cheerleading-mom-leathered skin because she’s been out in the sun for 48 hours now.


Goldie is wearing all the dresses she bought for this week’s canceled gigs and will probably have to use them as toilet paper by the end of this sentence.


What other unique plans do you have as you self-quarantine?


Pick up some new hobbies.


Liz just found out her girls’ school is canceled until the end of March, so she plans on getting good at hiding from her kids.


Lauren is tending to her myriad of plants with special focus on her Aloe Vera plant.


Goldie is learning to knit toilet paper.


Do you have an uplifting motto or mantra?


Yes. A friend of ours sent us a beautiful article called “On living in an Atomic Age” (C.S. Lewis 1948) but much of it still rings true today. The ending says:


“It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of a painful and premature death to a world bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but certainty.


…If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes, find us doing sensible and human things — Praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts — not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”