People all over the world are spreading kindness through song and applause from their balconies as coronavirus forces quarantines. USA TODAY
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Some songs stick with you forever.
When I hear Patsy Cline, I remember wearing my mom’s 1980s prom dress and a set of fake eyelashes, serenading my entire family in the kitchen.
“September” by Earth, Wind and Fire … that’s my husband’s and my wedding song. “I Got You” by Jack Johnson, that’s the song I’d sing to my daughter when she was first born.
There are songs that become soundtracks for our life. I know the past two weeks have been rough for a lot of people. Anxiety about becoming ill or spreading illness. Job loss, or job insecurity. Stocks plummeting. Constant doubt over whether it’s OK to even visit a family member.
I know that I’m not alone in using music as a crutch for hard days. More than a week ago, I had my last in-person interaction for my job, chatting with the owners of Recycled Records in Midtown.
One of them joked about Led Zeppelin being an “essential item” during quarantine. But, was it really a joke?
In the past few days, some of us in the community started putting together a Biggest Little Quarantine Playlist for this period of isolation. It’s cheeky, no doubt. There’s “Fever” by Peggy Lee. There’s “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” by the Police.
But there are others too that are more about reading between the lines.
“Subway Song” by Julianna Zachariou is a sweet ode to one of the germiest places in any city.
“I Get Along Without You Very Well” by Chet Baker makes you wonder if you should make the call that you’ve been avoiding for too long.
Other songs make it seem like a quarantine is the perfect recipe for romance, like “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Toploader and “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany.
Some of these tracks are just weird and make you smile, like “Everything is Bull****” by Particle Kid. Some are too damn true, like “I Need a Dollar” by Aloe Blacc.
The hope is that we can all listen to this playlist and, while we may not be cutting a rug or humming or tapping our feet in the same place at the same time, we’ll have a song or two or 100 to look back on as our quarantine soundtrack.
And, of course, per the professional opinion of Aric and Kyle at Recycled Records, there’s some essential Zeppelin in there for you, too.
Jenny Kane covers arts and culture in Northern Nevada, as well as the dynamic relationship between the state and the growing Burning Man community. She also covers the state’s burgeoning cannabis industry (Check out her podcast, the Potcast, on iTunes.) Support her work in Reno by subscribing to RGJ.com right here.
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