I heard today’s song on this past weekend’s instalment of Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, listening to the show archive after the broadcast through the BBC Sounds app. Of a few songs that I was looking at yesterday, I couldn’t decide which I wanted to post more, this one or yesterday’s, so yeah, you’re getting them both.

The title speaks to me because it hasn’t been easy to live in a world of COVID-19, and it has taken courage. Courage to get up and face each day, not knowing how long the lockdown would last. Courage to move forward with activities after being at home for months. Courage to accept that we may never get back to what we thought was “normal” before. Courage to face that uncertainty and still appreciate what we can be sure about… the relationships we have, the strengths we have, and the ability to courageously open up and work on ourselves.

The song’s lyrics say it well; here’s the first verse:

“It took a little time to get where I wanted
It took a little time to get free
It took a little time to be honest
It took a little time to be me”

And the chorus:

It’s a feeling like no other, let me tell you, yeah
In harmony with something other than your ego
The sweet belief of knowing nothing comes for free”

(from “Courage,” by Conor O’Brien)

I am thankful for some things that have come into my life as a result of the lockdown. For instance, Sweety and I participate in mediation sessions with two teachers. One is three times a week and the other, once a week. I feel that both have taught me to centre and calm myself better than I’ve been able to before; I never had the discipline to sit and just be. But it really works! And new friends we’ve met online, through the various Zoom gatherings we’ve been part of. I feel there is much to be thankful for, despite all upheaval the coronavirus has brought into our daily lives, knowing we have been spared the suffering that many people have had to go through.

So, take courage. As the song says, it doesn’t come for free. It may take some work to get it, but as the song also says, it is a feeling like no other.

Villagers, an indie rock band from Dublin, Ireland, are another group I’d not heard of before. I do believe I shall be checking them out some more. “Courage” comes from their 2015 album, Darling Arithmetic. I think it’s a lovely song, with beautiful words and instrumentation.

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 official video for the song from the Villagers’ YouTube channel

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