Yesterday, I listened to much of this past weekend’s edition of BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, “Nina Simone Rules.”
A feature of the show I quite enjoy is when Garvey brings his family members onto the program, in the various ways he does. His toddler son Jack is fascinated with all the buttons in the home studio where Garvey pre-records the show. Sound bites of his mum admonish him to watch what he says as children are listening, and remind him not to laugh at his own jokes. His sister, “the Beckapedia” makes her weekly historical facts contribution. And lately, Garvey has invited family members to leave diary entries. This time it’s his sister Sam, who lives in Ireland, leaving a message for him, which he played for listeners.
Sam speaks of her family’s experiences of being at home or adapting to new work arrangements and ways they are passing the time with their 16-year-old son. She talks about missing people, looking forward to being together, and because of living away from England where her siblings and mum are, being grateful the pandemic and lockdown/travel restrictions didn’t happen when their mum had an accident or when their dad died, both within the last two years. Sam rings off, giving today’s song as a request for Garvey to play.
I found it a very moving message from a loving sibling, and a good reminder for us all to check on our people.
Indeed, something we are all asking these days; when will I see you again?
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the video for the song from The Three Degrees’ official YouTube channel: