Happy Friday, friends!

Of all John Lennon’s compositions for The Beatles and his solo work, I’m not sure I’ve ever heard today’s song, “Isolation,” before today.

This morning I was poking around the BBC 6 Music website and delved into some April 2019 archives of Cillian Murphy, the Irish actor in Peaky Blinders (a show I know nothing about, but would like to as Murphy interests me) who has filled the time slot for Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on BBC 6 Music when Garvey and band Elbow have been touring.

The song title seemed to have a slightly ironic fit today, as Manitoba’s public health officials are relaxing some of the restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings, reducing the requirements for isolation in the coronavirus pandemic. Sweety and I are not changing our habits much at all despite this development. We still feel compelled to remain at home as much as possible.

And with that somewhat self-imposed isolation still in place, it doesn’t hurt that the weather has improved so much this week. When I returned from a 53-kilometre solo bike ride this afternoon, the temperature was 26C (79F), with a humidex of 30C. We’ve also been busy doing a lot of work in the yard, and grandbabysat yesterday afternoon while one of our lads and his partner tackled some big jobs around their home and garden. Life has been full, busy, and good. We are blessed; we have a home, enough food, we have some to share, and we are healthy, and safe.

And tonight, we’ll join some American and Canadian friends on a Zoom teleconference for an hour of sharing poetry.

So, apart from missing our two other sons here, this isolation thing hasn’t been as bad for us as it has for many. We look forward to family gatherings when we feel it is safe to do so. At the same time, life seems a little less oppressed now that we are free to go to more places, regardless of whether we choose to or not.

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 audio for the song from the official John Lennon YouTube channel:

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