Music that got us through it
Brett Dennen's album Loverboy is my go to for summer and warm weather car rides. -Chris
Justin Townes Earle is a great artist the world lost too soon last year. His sparse cover of 'Graceland' by Paul Simon is so moving, and for me captures a feeling of this year. -Trevor
'Ordinary Day' by the Newfoundland band Great Big Sea definitely speaks to what keeps me going during all of this craziness. -Andrea
I wrote 'Carry On' as an anthem to keep moving forward despite hardship. -Sara
Lots of quarantine tunes but I'll go with 'Waiting For A Miracle" by Jerry Garcia Band. -Daniel
Words of Wisdom
Sayings or quotes that spoke to you this year
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
"The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere."
If it is a virtue to love my neighbor as a human being, it must be a virtue—and not a vice—to love myself, since I am a human being too. There is no concept of man in which I myself am not included.
– Erich Fromm
The books, movies, tv shows, and websites that defined our year
Ordinary Day - Great Big Sea
Recommendation from Andrea
The video is a compilation performance of a virtual choir of Canadian physicians (virtual choirs are totally 2020-21). The song itself, "Ordinary Day" by the Newfoundland band Great Big Sea, definitely speaks to what keeps me going during all of this craziness. (I actually have the song as the ring tone on my phone) I could especially feel the lyrics "I've got a smile on my face and I've got four walls around me" during the initial shut down when we were all quarantined at home and I was trying hard to shift my mind-set from "stuck at home" to "safe at home." I also love the chorus "It's just an ordinary day and it's all your state of mind. At the end of the day, you've just got to say it's all right."