my music moods – (covid-19)

“We learn more in crisis than in comfort.”
Abhijit Naskar

…. those days I need music 24/7!!!! And I’m playing from early morning to late evening.

I’m so upset over all those people in intensive care all over the world … that has to fight alone and so many have to die alone.

We are all fighting the same enemy … so far has 800 people lost their lives and the report today is that the daily number of death has fallen slightly. Maybe we are on the right track after all. Sweden has 750 in intensive care and nearly 10.000 totally in care. And I’m worried over for myself! I use a face mask when I doing my grocery shopping – and I have the hand sanitizer in my pocket where ever I go

No lockdown for us … Sweden is open for business. No borders closed because everybody around has closed theirs. We can shop where ever we want … and sit in the beautiful spring sunshine at a cafe and enjoy a “fika”  … and we can treat us to a nice meal at a restaurant.

We have been asked to keep a social distance, to wash our hands, to stay home if we are sick, …. and people in my age should be staying at home.

But we are not allowed to visit our elderly and there has to be 1,5 meter between every cafe/restaurant table and only table service is allowed. Higher education is studying from home, but all other schools are going.

If we got it right … or wrong, time will show – but it seems to work for the national health care and the society so far

It there isn’t a day that I don’t feel so worried and depressed over the whole Covid-19 thing and there are is days, when to get back in the race, is a real struggle for me. I feel outer fear at times. Not like me at all.

Of course, I know it will be over … and things will start to go back to normal. And of course, I miss my travelling, but there will be plenty of time for that! Just to ask for a refund or change bookings to a later date. This autumn is going to be busy.

Here are 3 songs that keep me going … those days.

“That’s Life”

Is one of the most upbeat songs I know … and one of my favourite – neck in neck with “Feeling Good” Just a brilliant song and if fits my way of thinking (most days)

“That’s life (that’s life), I tell you I can’t deny it
I thought of quitting, baby, but my heart just ain’t gonna buy it
And if I didn’t think it was worth one single try
I’d jump right on a big bird and then I’d fly”

  • “That’s Life” is a popular song written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon.
  • It was first recorded in 1963 by Marion Montgomery.
  • The most famous version is by Frank Sinatra, released on his 1966 album of the same name.
  • The recorded version, made after the taping to the TV Special, was arranged and conducted by Ernie Freeman and produced by Jimmy Bowen. The trio had previously worked together earlier in 1966 on “Strangers in the Night”, which got Sinatra the Grammy Award for Best Male Vocal.
  • The song proved successful and reached the fourth spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
  • Sinatra’s version appeared in the 1993 film A Bronx Tale, the 2019 film Joker, and the 2004 video game Tony Hawk’s Underground 2, while a cover by Bono was on the soundtrack of The Good Thief (2002).
  • Following the success of Sinatra’s version, it was subsequently recorded by several artists including Aretha Franklin, James Booker, Shirley Bassey, James Brown, Van Morrison, David Lee Roth, Michael Bolton, Michael Bublé, Russell Watson, Deana Martin and Holt McCallany.

“Gimme Some Lovin'”

In this trying times … we really need some lovin’. At least I do …! I’m living without a partner and I’m last of my family.

But my friends are here there for me, even if they are spread all over Sweden and the world … I need their love and present more than ever just now.

So bring on the LOVE!!! Let’s us be lavish.

“And I’m so glad we made it, so glad we made it
You got to gimme some lovin’, gimme, gimme some lovin’
Gimme some lovin’, gimme, gimme some lovin’
Gimme some lovin’ everyday, yeh”

  • “Gimme Some Lovin'” is a song written by Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis and Muff Winwood.
  • The Spencer Davis Group are a British band formed in Birmingham in 1963, by Spencer Davis (guitar) with Steve Winwood (keyboards, guitar) and his brother, Muff Winwood (bass guitar) and Pete York (drums).
  • In 1966, “Gimme Some Lovin'” reached number two in the UK and number seven in the US.
  • The song is ranked number 247 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • In 1980 The Blues Brothers returned this song to the American Top 20 when their cover from the soundtrack of The Blues Brothers reached #18.
  • This was featured in the 1999 film Notting Hill. Other movies where it appeared include Days of ThunderThe Big Chill and Sleepers.
  • It has also been used in a TV commercial for Allstate insurance

“You’ll Never Walk Alone”

 “You’ll Never Walk Alone” has rapidly become the world-wide anthem to show support for and encouragement to medical staff, first responders, those impacted by, under restrictions or in quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic. I think it’s such a fantastic song.

I have chosen the video with André Rieu & His Johann Strauss Orchestra performing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” live in his home town,  Maastricht.

“Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark”

  • “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.
  • Frank Sinatra was the first artist to take this song into the charts (#9 on the Billboard charts in 1945).
  • In the UK, the song’s most successful cover was released in 1963 by the Liverpudlian Merseybeat group Gerry and the Pacemakers, peaking at number one on the UK singles chart for four consecutive weeks.
  • Following a damning report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in which 96 football fans died, Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram started a campaign to get this song back into the UK charts. As a result, it returned to the UK top 20 in September 2012 with the proceeds being donated to Hillsborough-related charities.
  • Liverpool F.C developed a tradition where it is performed by a massed chorus of supporters on match day.

And … let us give ourself a little treat every day. Because we are worth it.  And let us stay in touch.

7 thoughts on “my music moods – (covid-19)

  1. “You’ll never walk alone” is a song very close to my heart, and not just because I follow Liverpool FC.

    “At the end, of the storm,
    There’s a golden sky,
    And the sweet, silver song, of the lark”

    A little bit of history as to how it came to be an anthem of Liverpool FC. Gerry Marsden is well known as a Liverpool supporter, and that is just one reason why it was adopted as an anthem. Gerry & The Pacemakers version also became a No1 single in the UK in October 1963.

    But the first time he performed it publicly, was actually on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ in the United States. Upon first hearing the song, Bill Shankly, the manager of the Liverpool team at that time, was quoted as saying “Gerry my son, I have given you a football team and you have given us a song!” The song was released in the US in December 1963, and failed to chart. It was reissued in July 1964, and went to No9 in the US Billboard Top 100. But even if you took out the football connection, it is still, a beautiful, wonderful song. And very appropriate for these times we are in.

    • Barry, thanks for the lovely story about how this amazing song. The first time I heard the song was Tom Jones version in the late ’60s… one of the best. Stay safe and healthy … and I wish you a pleasant Easter.

    • Sue, Happy Easter!!!! Yes, you’re so right … but first of all, I would say … thank goodness for the internet. Can you imagine how our situation would have been locked up and not able to go digital … we would have gone nuts. *laughing.

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