So, it’s another day of waiting for results in the federal election south of the Canada/USA border.

There are a few songs that could be fillers in this time of waiting. Today, it’s Carly Simon’s “Anticipation.”

In the video I chose from Simon’s YouTube channel, she and friends perform the song live on the cruise ship, the Queen Mary 2 in 2005. There are a few ironies in the video: we’re waiting on — in anticipation of — election results; we can’t gather in groups over five (in my area, anyway); bars and music venues are closed (here), and cruise ships were highlighted early in the pandemic as places where the virus quickly took hold and, as I remember, were among the first large spaces to see outbreaks and lockdowns. I doubt we will see people on these ships for a while yet…

Today’s song, from the 1971 album of the same name, is one of Simon’s greatest hits. In this this February post on “Touched by the Sun,” I recall a memory of hearing “Anticipation” in Heinz ketchup commercials portraying the slow flow of that deep red sauce.

“We can never know about the days to come
But we think about them anyway
And I wonder if I’m really with you now
Or just chasing after some finer day.

Anticipation, anticipation
Is making me late
Is keeping me waiting”

(from “Anticipation,” by Carly Simon)

There’s no use smacking the bottom of the ketchup bottle, folks; we all just have to wait. It will come.

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 Carly Simon’s official YouTube channel:

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