Covid-19: #StayHome and get the tune right

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Dubai - Music, the best fallback in times of deep distress.

By Bikram Vohra

Published: Tue 31 Mar 2020, 5:51 PM

Last updated: Tue 31 Mar 2020, 7:54 PM

If music be the food of love, play on and all that sort of stuff. Actually, music is the best fallback in times of deep distress, and you do come out feeling a little bit better and lot more hopeful. Like Abba said, thank you for the music, thank you for giving it to me.

Unless you were singing 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' by the Beatles, which would be totally inappropriate at this moment in time. More valid would be Simon and Garfunkel offering us a 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters', except these are turbulent waters and it would have to be a heck of a bridge.

Carole King told us 'You've got a friend' but we cannot even meet these days and video calling has severe limits. Truly, where have all the friends gone? You feel like Frank Sinatra's 'Strangers in the Night' and that's when the curfew is on.

What I do need is Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car' and hope it can drive us into a Covid-less Shangri La. Some mornings you wake up with Bonnie Tyler and the 'Total eclipse of the heart' because there is that surge of helplessness and then you pick up the Drifters and go up on the roof far away from that is called isolation.

Not that I would like to go down with Suzanne to a place by the river, Leonard, where she feeds me tea and oranges that come from China. Recall Neil Young singing 'Mother Nature' and could all this be payback time for our arrogance and the systematic assault on the environment. It is 'killing me softly' Roberta but no one there ready to hold me tight.

What I would love to do is meet you at the tavern and say, those were the days my friend, we thought they would never end. Then dance in strawberry fields forever or simply dream a dream with Elaine Page. Look around me and all I see are sympathetic eyes and I want once again to say, what a wonderful world because here comes that rainbow again.

Yes, indeed we had seasons in the sun and we want them again, it is far too soon to say goodbye. And so I say will you still love me tomorrow and my wife says, yes, if you stay home and follow the sun. Sadly that sage advice, Bob, is blowing in the wind for some.

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