If you had told me a year ago that the entire world would be in the clutches of a pandemic right now, I would have told you that you watch too much TV. Yet here we are, three weeks into a stay at home order. I live in New Jersey, close enough to New York City that we follow close behind as they shut things down. As of now, I believe, we are shut down until further notice. I just did a Google search real quick to see if I could find a date – and I can’t. I was watching the daily briefings from our governor for about the first week and a half. I can’t do it anymore. Since I work in education (financial), we have been working from home for a few weeks now. My husband is considered an “essential” employee in retail but has been quarantined after an exposure for close to two weeks. He goes back in a few days. My kids are home, my high schooler doing school work virtually, and my pre-schooler doing what she can to stay sane. As are we all.
I think I speak for a lot of us when I say I have been clinging a little harder to social media since this began. Updates, live streams, just a kind word all goes a long way. There have been wonderful challenges set to music and artists coming together virtually to help busk for one another. Despite what is going on in our daily world, there is still a trickle of new music coming out and it’s like the coolest salve on a burn when it does. The most recent one I have been digging on is the single “None of Those Things” from the always honest and fun Andy Frasco & the U.N. Talk about sunshine in the darkness. This song feels like a wave and a smile when you feel the loneliest you have ever been. They say the right music can change the world, and while I don’t know so much about changing it, the right song sure can cheer it the hell up. And we need that. We needed this song.
Musically, it’s got a fantastic groove. Body swaying groove that runs up your spine with great singalong lyrics. I am super excited to check this out live – whenever that is again. The overall vibe of this song is hopeful and strong. “Happiness will keep us free”. I think that is a sentiment we are all clinging to right now as we are locked away from our normal worlds and the faces we love. The age old saying is that money can’t buy happiness – which I’m sure is true if you have some. This song takes that idea in a far more relatable direction though and goes into the happiness you feel when you don’t have wealth and material happiness to lean on. A pure happiness that comes from experiences, togetherness, and love. It’s about finally getting all your dreams and realizing that it was never about the material. It was about the journey. It’s about the fact that you get to do what you love most every day.
At least, that was my take on the tune. No matter what the meaning is, the song is absolute fire.
Andy Frasco & the U.N. have a new record called Keep On Keepin’ On set for release on April 24th. You can pre-order the album direct from SideOneDummy Records at https://www.sideonedummy.com/store/artist/andy-frasco-the-un/1
Keep up with all the goings-on at the website, https://www.andyfrasco.com/
Keep safe, stay healthy, and hope to see you all soon!