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Feb. 24 — Song of the Day

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.”

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Feb. 23 — Song of the Day

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.

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Feb. 22 – Song of the Day

Today is National Margarita Day. Since, I’m a huge Jimmy Buffett fan, there was really no other choice for Song of the Day. I give you Jimmy Buffett.

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Song of the Day – Feb. 21

Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Sunday, said that Americans need to remain vigilant even though COVID-19 cases are, at last, declining across the United States. That makes “Don’t Let Your Guard Down” by Nils Lofgren the ideal Song of the Day. The song comes from Lofgren’s 2019 album “Blue With Lou.”

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Feb. 20 – Song of the Day

The biggest news story in my feed today seems to be that Texas is continuing to struggle from the impact of a massive winter storm. Power outages combined with freezing weather have created widespread disruptions to water supplies. It’s easy to take our electrical grid for granted and forget about all the bad things that can happen when our energy supply is disrupted. So, the Song of the Day is “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)” by Information Society. The lyrics are about romance and communication, but it’s impossible to listen without focusing on the sample of the great Leonard Nimoy repeating the words “Pure Energy.”

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Feb. 19 — Song of the Day

Big news in my feed today is that NASA’s Perseverance rover is on Mars and ready to search for ancient life. That said, Machine Gun Kelly’s “Concert for Aliens” seems an apt Song of the Day.

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Feb. 18 – Song of the Day

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.”

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Feb. 17 – Song of the Day

The biggest news story in my inbox is that longtime talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has died at the age of 70. Figures like Limbaugh, who built their careers on partisan rhetoric, have complex legacies. No matter how one feels about his ideas, there is no debating the fact that Limbaugh was a powerful force in modern media … particularly radio. Although R.E.M. is singing about music in its great, 1991 hit “Radio Song,” the tune feels like an appropriate choice.R.

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Feb. 16 — Song of the Day

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.

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Feb. 15 – Song of the Day

Locally, Action News Now is reporting that a man who lost his home during the Camp Fire, but nonetheless worked heroically to save others, has moved back to Paradise. During times of crisis, it is easy to be singleminded, but Stephen Murray made sure both his family and others in the mobile home park where he lived were safe. As a tribute to Murray and his wife, Audrey, today’s song is “Hero” by Chad Kroeger. The song was introduced on the “Spider-Man” soundtrack.

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