I need to start with a confession.

This week, I was out in Chicago meeting with most of the Mediaocean marketing team in person for the first time.

At a dueling piano bar after dinner following a full day of meetings, I found a pad of song request sheets and started writing a column on the back. When I was done, the notes looked like this:

I desperately wanted to make the column work, but it didn’t. And that’s why this newsletter got delayed and almost didn’t go out this week.

Still, during a holiday that Jewish people around the world associate closely with spring cleaning, literally and spiritually, I thought it may be liberating for some readers if I got that off my Semitic, hirsute chest.

This is a liberation holiday too.

But, it’s a lot of cleaning.

Here are a few of the notes that worked, or almost worked, or didn’t but deserve some exploration:

My colleague approached me at the piano bar while I was writing the column.

“Is it too chaotic for you?” he asked.

“No,” I told him. “It’s not chaotic enough.”

I added those quotes to the request sheets, which included most of this column’s notes, along with two alternate titles:

“The Fiddlers of the Endemic”


“Scenes from an Italian Restaurant Afterparty.”

The notes for the column dive into the idea of willful ignorance, which I have mixed feelings about during more sober reflection. (“Sober” is referenced literally and figuratively, though not spiritually, unless you are referring to the spirit limoncello. If so, I’m taking a shot at spiritual reflection several times over.)

The core of the willful ignorance idea is alright; it’s just not novel. We have to shut off some of our fear and even rationality if we find a greater good in connecting with fellow humans face-to-face while Covid cases rise yet again.

Shifting to an endemic phase, one that needs to be supported by a robust vaccination campaign and other public health measures, isn’t all that original of an idea, and “willful ignorance” seemed overly harsh.

There were some attempts in the notes where I wanted to “tie in the Covid pandemic and return to normalcy with what marketers are so good at” (from my scrap paper), “pretending what’s real isn’t real” and “going with what we want to believe.”

There’s a line I like: “We are the serial marketers always chasing what’s better.”

A lot of this doesn’t make a ton of sense though. “If ever an era there was to give birth for a new breed of marketer, this is it.”

That could be written every single day with some reason to justify why someone’s writing it now.

There are so many straw man arguments in those late-night notes that it wouldn’t take a wolf to blow the house down; an asthmatic puppy could do it.

My favorite section, for various reasons, describes how at times the risks during the pandemic feel like we’re fiddling while Rome burns, but we’re also the fiddlers on the roof.

We’re “fiddling in the sorrow and the hints of the future in the eradication of the past.”

Yes, I wrote that at the bar.

As the spring renewal holidays are in full force, coinciding with Ramadan which this year gets to join the metaphor (welcome to the party; help yourself to some dyed eggs and chococate-covered matzo after sundown), the fiddler is an apt symbol of that shift from the pandemic to the endemic, whenever that shift actually happens.

There’s so much worth fiddling about, but sometimes it’s easier than others to feel like we can find our balance up on the roof.

Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and Ramadan Kareem to all readers celebrating.

A reader told me this week that he enjoyed when I’d ask at the end of these missives, “What are you making of yourself?”

I may have dropped that from most editions, but I always want to hear the answer, so whenever you are up for sharing it, I’d love to know what you’re making of yourself these days.



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