For many of us life, at present, resembles an endless Sunday afternoon. The coronavirus pandemic has brought disruption to our daily lives and the continued lockdown is a thought which is difficult to imagine, with human contact from the outside world being kept to a minimum.
Whilst a clear red light remains in place for day trips to popular tourist areas such as Snowdon, Inverness or Cornwall, DIY enthusiasts will find themselves on the wrong side of the law if they pop out for a tin of magnolia! Right now, our immediate surroundings and our imagination are all we have. We are encouraged to imagine that every home and our own neighbourhood is as comfortable and well-resourced as the next – that everyone has a computer, a quiet place to conduct work or study, a garden, a supermarket and a nearby open space to exercise.
However, I may have extended my own imagination too far when I wandered into the back of my wardrobe in the hope I would find my own perfect strange world which I could escape to; my Narnia! … There was no imaginary land with talking animals in there, unfortunately! *disappointed face* My misplaced faith has come as quite a shock to me!
It was only a matter of time before Covid-19 themed compositions reached our homes and The Rolling Stones have recently gone down just that road. Their new song entitled ‘Living in a Ghost Town’, comes eight years after releasing their last original song, with some appropriate lyrics we can all relate to:
“I’m a ghost
Living in a ghost town
You can look for me
But I can’t be found
You can search for me
I had to go underground
Life was so beautiful
Then we all got locked down
Feel like a ghost
Living in a ghost town.”
Released on the 23rd April, the catchy reggae genre-based track is very reminiscent of the 1981 song ‘Ghost Town’ by The Specials, but still retains what is instantly recognisable as the typical Rolling Stones Blues influence. The video accompanying the song features footage of empty streets of cities around the world, including London, through a fisheye-lens and it’s pretty mesmerising.
Other songs I’ve included for your earworm this week, will be familiar to you and appropriate in the current lockdown circumstances, from The Police, Led Zeppelin, Alter Bridge and, a personal favourite of mine, Muse. So, pump up the volume and enjoy!
I would be interested to know what songs you’ve all been enjoying listening to since the lockdown. Have you chosen new songs to listen to or have you stuck with old favourites?
Please remember, staying home saves lives. Please stay safe and well.
Until next time!
Led Zeppelin – Communication Breakdown (1969)
The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me (1980)
Muse – Hysteria (2003)
Alter Bridge – Isolation (2010)
The Rolling Stones – Living In A Ghost Town (2020)