Ask anyone (including your dog), and they’ll tell you that we’re living in strange times. A world-wide pandemic, protests, locust swarms on multiple continents, and a massive dust cloud are sadly but a few of the issues we’re all facing right now. Social isolation is the key we’re told, to group survival; and to be fair, past pandemics have proven this to be true. Yet, the oddest thing of all, is that with all of our technology we started out thinking we wouldn’t truly be isolated at all.
A couple of months was all it took to show us the falseness of that techno promise, but hey, it’s not the computer’s fault that zooming just isn’t the same as hanging out. We’re now being reminded of how much real connections matter.
Things will, no doubt, continue to rapidly change over the next several months. What legacy this pandemic will leave us with is anyone’s guess, but one thing that is odder still, is that one thing it apparently won’t leave is a song.
Oh, I know various artist are already writing up a storm about life during Corona, but what I’m talking about is the childrens’ songs that past pandemic have inspired. For example, the Spanish Flu had a jump roping song about “a bird named Enza,” and as they opened the door “in flew enza.”. Even the Black Death inspired a song. You may have heard of it, it was called “Ring around the Rosie.”
However, here we are, several months into this ‘experience,’ and not so much as a hummed tune yet to be heard. Is it just too soon? Will later reflection show that a song did come about after all? I guess we’ll see, but until then, go play with your dog. This whole Covid thing is so stressful for him too, now that it turns out dogs and cats can catch it as well. Man, what a weird disease, what ever will the future lyrics even sound like I wonder?
Stay safe everyone.