The FDA says that Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine appears to be safe and effective, paving the way toward availability of a third option. Considering all the bad news we’ve had in the last year, optimism seems appropriate, so I give you Howard Jones’ 1985 hit “Things Can Only Get Better.”
Today, America is reeling from news that the nation has lost about as many people to COVID-19 in one year as died in combat during the entirety of the first and second World Wars. This is staggering and heartbreaking, and no song can speak to the enormity of the moment. So, all I can do is choose one of the more beautiful rock songs ever written about loss, Better Than Ezra’s “A Lifetime.” The song is appropriate because it addresses the pain of loss while stressing the importance of honoring the wishes and memories of a deceased loved one. Here’s to the memory of those who have died and hope for better outcomes in coming months.
A story today says research is piling up indicating that two hours outdoors may be the new 10,000 steps. In simple terms, time spent outdoors seems to have a remarkable impact on human mental and physical health, and the pandemic makes this clearer than ever. Few musicians were better at celebrating the natural world than John Denver, so I give you “Rocky Mountain High.”
The big news today is that massive storms are pounding much of the U.S., clogging roads and leaving many without power. I don’t think this is the type of problem the boys from Styx were reflecting on when they recorded “Snowblind,” but it’s a great song nonetheless.