RNR News and Notes

Escapism - the  intentional detachment and distraction from the real world. Is music something you have been using to distract yourself from the world lately? 

 

Yeah?  Seems Dave Grohl has too - and in between telling his hilarious stories on his new Instagram, he took some time to pen an article for The Atlantic - sharing his 'Pandemic Playlist' 

 

The article starts with:

Hi, I’m Dave Grohl. Welcome to quarantine!

In order to get through this difficult period (and I truly believe that we will get through this, in time), it is important to recognize the many stages of isolation and anxiety, and to pair them with appropriate musical accompaniment. Here are a few suggestions that you might find helpful.

 

He then goes on to reveal  his 10 song playlist that is broken down into what he sees as the 10 stages of Pandemic:

 

Stage One: Preparation

Dave assumes everyone stocked up on TP and hand sanitizer back in January and was ready to go ... 

 

 

Stage Two: Nesting 

OK - you're stuck in the house ... what can you get done?  Clean everything?  Reorganize the kitchen?  Paint the living room? 

 

 

Stage Three: Productivity

Remember all those things you said you wanted to learn to do but never did?  Why not learn to juggle (not knives please) or start knitting, or learn to speak German! 

 

 

Stage Four:  Virtual Connection

Turns out that you CAN still have happy hour with friends ... but it is all on this program few had heard of a few months ago called Zoom. Where it's like being on the set of Hollywood Squares! 

 

 

Stage Five: Online Learning 

OK - schools have adjusted to the new normal - and now the parents are the teachers ... kind of ... with online learning  ... we now understand why teachers always saying they are underpaid and we REALLY hate new math 

 

 

Stage Six: Intimacy 

Everyone is predicting a baby boom in 9 months ... How many babies will be named Corrine, Ronda, or even Quarantine? 

 

 

Stage Seven:  Claustrophobia

You reached the end of Netflix, the house has been disinfected (three times today), and you're ready to just go out and do SOMETHING ... that doesn't involve 'seeing if the grocery store has TP' 

 

 

Stage Eight: Panic 

You can't sleep ... your phone screen time is up 95% ... you keep reading about cell phones causing the virus, that Carole Baskins killed her husband, and that The Simpsons have been right about all of their predictions 

 

 

 

Stage Nine: Insanity 

Rona Rules are like airport rules - you want a beer and a burrito at 7am in your pajamas? Go for it. Nothing is wrong anymore ... 

 

 

 

Stage Ten: Hope 

We're all in this together, right?   There's light at the end of the tunnel ..  Let's start thinking of the silver linings and realize it's all going to be ok ... 

 

 

And Dave ends his column as only he could ... with one simple request: go wash your fucking hands.