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Making the connections
Making the connections

Coping Amidst COVID-19

Coping Amidst COVID-19

Maybe you count yourself lucky. Maybe you haven’t had any difficulty coping amidst COVID-19. I have to admit, it hasn’t been easy for many, myself included. Today I learned of three coworkers who’ve had to deal with a death in their family recently. I don’t know if it was COVID-19-related and it certainly isn’t my place to dig deeper for details. All I know is when I heard it, my heart went out to them in this increasingly difficult time. It’s funny how much empathy I find myself feeling for people I’ve never met before. Strange days indeed.

Still, in these days of social distancing or isolation, it’s important to stay in touch in other ways. It’s important to find some way to connect some piece of ourselves to humanity. I was fortunate to have a Google Duo happy hour with my brother, sister-in-law, and friend, K, a couple weeks ago. This Sunday, Tantrum is getting together for a Zoom gathering. Maybe we don’t have a venue to perform for others at the moment, but at least we can entertain each other. We’re all finding new ways to cope with the situation.

Some are building new furniture. Some are fastidiously cleaning every inch of their living space. I’ve seen some very creative parents create an amusement park in their homes to keep their children from going stir crazy. So am I coping in any of those productive ways? I guess that depends on your definition of productive. My aforementioned brother and sister-in-law finally binged the entire series of Chuck and something inside me felt compelled to act on that in a way that spoke to me.

With that in mind, allow me to present my current COVID-19 (Spotify) project: Music from the TV Show Chuck:

S1 E1: Chuck vs. The Pilot
S1 E2: Chuck Vs. The Helicopter
S1 E3: Chuck Vs. The Tango
S1 E4: Chuck Vs. The Wookie
S1 E5: Chuck Vs. The Sizzling Shrimp
S1 E6: Chuck Vs. The Sandworm
S1 E7: Chuck Vs. The Alma Mater
S1 E8: Chuck Vs. The Truth
S1 E9: Chuck Vs. The Imported Hard Salami
S1 E10: Chuck Vs. The Nemesis
S1 E11: Chuck Vs. The Crown Vic
S1 E12: Chuck Vs. The Undercover Lover
S1 E13: Chuck Vs. The Marlin

Is this a complete list of all the music that appears in Chuck’s first season? Alas, no. This is as close as I could get and I’m disheartened that all of the songs aren’t available on Spotify. For some mystifying reason, Matt & Kim’s wonderfully whimsical Yea Yeah (below) isn’t available on Spotify. For true Chuck fans, I also don’t want to leave out the wonderful original music that appears in the show courtesy of the talented Tim Jones. What interesting things are you doing during this time?

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