I suppose with all this extra time during the coronavirus stay-at-home quarantine, I need to be reading more books and writing more often about books.
I’ve failed. I have been writing. Silly stuff, though. Maybe it’s funny. It’s up to you.
Actually rewriting. Taking classic songs and adding COVID-19 keywords to make them part of the lyrics.
It eases my anxiety about the disease.
I do this on my Facebook posts and I will share eight of them right here.
March 24, 2020
March 26, 2020
March 28, 2020
I wonder if Elton John and Kiki Dee will reteam Sunday to debut their new coronavirus grocery shopping song “Don’t Go Taking My Cart.”
March 31, 2020
Simon and Garfunkel are redoing one of their classics for the coronavirus. It starts like this: Homebound, I wish I wasn’t. Unable to leave my house for a tour of one-night stands. Every stop was neatly planned and I had my suitcase in my hand. Now only silence before me.
April 1, 2020
Livin’ on Quarantine time Livin’ on Quarantine time Gonna set my watch to it ‘Cause you know I’ve never been through it Livin’ on Quarantine time
April 4, 2020
He’s a real COVID man Sitting in his COVID land Making all his COVID plans He’s a bit like you and me COVID man please listen The world is at your command
April 4, 2020
Tell me that you’ve got everything you want And your Birx can sing But you don’t get me You don’t get me You say you’ve seen the seven wonders And your Birx is green But you can’t see me You can’t see me When your prized possessions Start to weigh you down Look in my direction I’ll be round, I’ll be round When your Birx is broken Will it bring you down? You may be awoken I’ll be round, I’ll be round You tell me that you’ve heard every sound there is And your Birx can swing
April 7, 2020
Well the quarantine’s got me down I can’t get out of town One thing I can do And you can too I’m going back to Boozin’, boozin’ boozin’
The songs referenced:
“Love The One You’re With,” Stephen Stills
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Elton John and Kiki Dee
I enjoyed leafing through the new James McBride novel “Deacon King Kong,” the 2016 Rachel Cusk novel “Transit” and the latest issue of the Paris Review while I was at the bookstore in Gulfport on Saturday night, 3-7-20, but what really caught my attention was the recorded music the store was playing on its overhead sound system.
I had to resort to the Shazam app on my iPhone to ID the artists when I was in the store and then at home on Sunday afternoon I went to YouTube to come up with a playlist of the songs I heard.
I’ve listed the songs in the order I heard and identified them.
“To Go Home,” M. Ward
“Amie,” Counting Crows
“Two of Us,” Aimee Mann and Michael Penn
“T-Bone Shuffle,” T-Bone Walker
“Every Night,” Jason Collett
“Sunday Morning,” Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs
“See See Baby,” Freddy King
“Rhiannon,” Best Coast
“Touch of Grey,” The War On Drugs
“Moon River,” The Innocence Mission
Most of the songs have something in common and all soothe the soul.
Can you guess what most of the songs have in common? I welcome your answers.