Way back when in March, I started writing some music to help me figure out what in the world was going on. Pandemic Song #1 arrived in that first week of being at home full time and there have been 13 more songs since (as of today, July 11, 2020). That first week I was writing nearly everyday. It was for my sanity. It was the only thing that made sense to do. I haven't written with nearly as much regularity since. We are in the crush of "getting back to normal" now and my brain doesn't know how to translate it's rational anger it is not time yet! not normal! no!! into song. In time, it'll find a way. Meanwhile, I'm uploading these Pandemic Songs, numbers 1 through 14 to share here. March feels like forever ago. But it's only really 4-5 months ago. That's not that long! I wish we were more patient. I wish our government would have decided to provide the various elements of financial security that would have enabled us to stay patient.
There's a prayer that many folks of a certain generation grew up praying. A colleague posted about this prayer, wondering how many of us also had prayed it, or knew it. Many had.
I posted that it was the prayer my Papa prayed each night with his parents before bed, kneeling at the edge of the bed.
Pandemic Song #3 is what emerged from that prayer prayed now in the time of pandemic.
As I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.
This is a tear jerker. Came while porch sitting on a March day, thinking about all the people losing people they love, thinking about the spaces in our lives, the people risking their lives, thinking about family and luck, connection and distance. All the things. Pandemic Song #5