Saturday Night Serenade–Uncharted Waters

Wow. 2020 has turned into something I don’t think any of us saw coming. Sure, we expected that an election year would be bumpy, right? They always are, and this cycle has been beyond contentious.

But a global pandemic? I never imagined in my wildest dreams that the Vegas strip would be shut down, that entire states, nay countries, would be locked down, that average families would be quarantined for weeks on end. That beloved public figures would be diagnosed with the scariest disease since ebola.

It’s crazy. Every couple of hours, there’s a new regulation, a new restriction, a new closure. From professional sports to entertainment events to ‘non-essential’ businesses… The govenor of Florida closed the beaches yesterday. The BEACHES. The best place I can think of for fresh air and sunshine. It’s hard to wrap my head around it.

Not helping things at all, and I’m going to say it here, like it or not, is the contradictory, and often inaccurate, information coming to us from the White House. First it was a hoax, and the next thing you know, he saw it coming long before anyone else.

I have a certain perspective on the epidemic–I teach Chinese kids online every morning. I’ve watched as families have been quarantines for months. Months, y’all. Which is necessary to prevent mass casualties. It’s not a hoax, it never was. It’s very, very serious.

And the other day, when the President was given an opportunity to say a few reassuring words to the nation, instead he chose to attack the journalist who asked the question. That’s the world we live in right now. (And before you go off on me about ‘fake news’, I watched the exchange live, with my own eyes and ears.)

On the other hand…
There are many people who are going above and beyond to help make this time a little more pleasant. Some entertainers are taking their roles to heart by reaching out from their ‘shelter in place’ places to try to lift up the rest of us.

Tonight’s song is Norah Jones’s brand new cover of Guns N Roses’s Patience. It’s just a subtle little gift from her home to ours. And it’s amazing!

Also from home, Jimmy Fallon has been putting out an abbreviated version of his late night talk show, with the assistance of his wife doing camera work and his daughters as comic relief. I look forward to his new show every day. Here’s the first episode.

And on St. Patrick’s Day, Dropkick Murphys streamed an entire concert live because they could. It’s the best no-audience show you ever saw, and I’m dropping the entire thing right here. It was so much fun, and just an example of people doing what they can, when they can, to make things better for everybody else. And it’s appreciated.

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. I know things are very weird right now. But if we take the proper steps, we can keep ourselves and everybody else safe. Stay on the lookout for great things other people are doing to help. And maybe do what you can, too.

But stay safe. Hug those you love, even if it’s over video.

Happy Saturday night! ❤

Saturday Night Serenade–Wolf Moon

Friday, January 10, marked the first of 13 full moons for 2020. A normal year has 12 full moons, but this year there will be two in October. And it’s Leap Year. Coincidence? Hmmm…

The January full moon is called the Wolf moon in honor of the hungry wolves that once howled on the outskirts of villages back in the day, according to CNN, and they got it from the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Which, depending on your personal flavor of politics, you either believe or you don’t. Don’t get me started on politics, y’all.

I figured Can’t Fight the Moonlight by LeAnn Rimes was the perfect choice for tonight’s serenade. Plus, I couldn’t get another song out of my head, so I’ll add it to the bottom.

Living as close to the coast as we do, we pay attention to the full moons, particularly when they coincide with king tides. Things can get a little wet around here. In the interest of being informative, here are the dates and names of the 2020 full moons.

  • January 10 — Wolf moon
  • February 9 — Snow moon
  • March 9 — Worm moon
  • April 7 — Pink moon
  • May 7 — Flower moon
  • June 5 — Strawberry moon
  • July 5 — Buck moon
  • August 3 — Sturgeon moon
  • September 2 — Corn moon
  • October 1 — Harvest moon
  • October 31 — Blue moon
  • November 30 — Beaver moon
  • December 29 — Cold moon

I don’t know. Thirteen seems like a weird number of full moons. I feel like I should stock up on sage and garlic. Maybe slip into the front of a church and snag a little bottle of holy water.

I hope you’re staying nice and warm this January weekend. Be sure to hug the ones you love.

Happy Saturday night!