Traveled down the road and back again. #PlagueSongs, no. 39

I found myself playing “Thank You for Being a Friend” on the guitar, discovered it was quite easy to play, and decided that yes – the theme from The Golden Girls is an apt song for our Corona Era. And so:

Though written by (and even a pop hit for) Andrew Gold in 1978, the abridged version – as performed by Cynthia Fee – is the rendition I think most of us know best.

Though the recent passing of Betty White inspires me to perform the song, I’m struck by just how many of the Plague Songs I’ve recorded are about friendship and support.

For example, the theme to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,…

Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me,”…

Everything But the Girl’s “We Walk the Same Line,”…

and Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle.”

And that’s just sticking to some of the more obvious ones. The theme of care resonates through many others – “Under Pressure,” “Handle with Care,” “Look for the Silver Lining.” Indeed, this Plague Songs project began in that very impulse. Back in the early days of the pandemic, I was inspired by the videos of Italians singing to each other from their balconies. I started making these videos in that spirt, singing to you, because singing is life-affirming. And because you don’t have to be especially talented to do it! (If you’ve been following this series, you’ll have certainly noticed that I am not a professional musician. My renditions are passable. I learn the song, and almost always post the first or second complete take. That’ll do!)

So, I hope you’re singing along with whatever songs sustain your spirits. I hope your friends are keeping you going – and vice-versa! Oh, and because I compulsively compile playlists, here are some songs about friendship.

What? You’re looking for more music thematically connected to the Corona Era? Well,… OK. The playlist below offers many tunes that (directly or tangentially) intersect with our current period (2020-????) of vaccinatin’, nose-swabbin’, and social-distancin’. But do turn to whatever music speaks to you most clearly.

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