Songs for the pandemic

A year ago today, I had a short slot on Radio 4’s special lockdown edition of Desert Island Discs.

In between many sad, sad stories, there was me talking about The Sound of Music Through the Square Window, a song a day in the first lockdown.

I played music every day during the second lockdown but by the third lockdown I was tired and doing a weekly village quiz on Zoom instead.

I have the Sound of Music Through The Square Window soundtrack on right now, all 150 songs from the first lockdown. There were 28 in the second one, which dovetailed in with the Lush Places advent windows around the village.

A song comes on my playlist by Abba and I think immediately of Mamma Mia from the village. Love Is The Drug reminds me of Mr Brogue Boots, Hold Mr Hand by Jess Glynn is pure vicar and You’ll Never Walk Alone is Nobby Odd Job’s choice. All these songs were chosen by or for a person from the village.

Listening to them again feels quite emotional.

And here we are, a year on, and we’re still up a creek, although, with the benefit of paddles, we are slowly backing out of it.

I’ll be adding to this blog from time to time but the original concept has kind of had its day now. If you want to stay in touch, please follow me on Twitter @maddiegrigg, on Instagram (where I’m most active) as @margerymaddie or through my Maddie Grigg Facebook page. There’s also Maddie’s World, my weekly page in The People’s Friend magazine.

So see you around soon. And in the meantime, seize the moment, keep safe and enjoy yourself.

Summer is on its way.

That’s about it.

Love, Maddie x

By Maddie Grigg

Maddie Grigg is the pen name of former local newspaper editor Margery Hookings. Expect reflections on rural life, community, landscape, underdogs, heritage and folklore. And fun.

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