Dear Friends

If you’ve visited this blog any number of times, it’ll be no secret to you that I’m a fan of Guy Garvey. Every Sunday, I look forward to hearing the lead singer of the band Elbow on his (now three-hour) program, Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on BBC 6 Music. He shares some beautiful music, as well as historical insights and side stories that create delightful moments in the day.

One thing that helps a great deal in times of uncertainty is surrounding yourself with people you choose to be with because of the way they make you feel. That can be family, or “family of choice” as one friend calls it, often known as dear friends. Sweety and I are fortunate to have all the above, and are blessed to be able to connect with them through this time.

“Dear Friends” seems like a good song to highlight the importance of connections, and how much we rely on them to get by. The song is the closing track on the album Build a Rocket Boys! which isn’t my most frequently played Elbow album, but a great one nonetheless.

“Dear friends
You are angels and drunks
You are Maji

Old friend
You stuck a pin in the map I was in
And you are the stars I navigate home by“

(from “Dear Friends,” by Richard Jupp, Craig Potter, Mark Potter, Guy Garvey, Peter Turner)

Whatever your circumstance in the current global situation, I hope you have those who check in on you and whom you can check on. It’s kind of all we can do right now…

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy. And be safe and well.

Here’s the official audio for the song from Elbow’s YouTube channel:

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