Ten short tales from a long pandemic

Ten short tales from a long pandemic

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@kahlo2013 started a thread re the 10x10 challenge. It seemed a really good idea. Here are 10 short songs all related in some way to the current pandemic. To have some kind of musical continuity there is a baritone ukulele on each track.
Writing ten second songs is really liberating and I will develop most of them and make them the usual length.

Lyrics: 

MASKS
There’s a veil between me and and the world
My mask’s in the way again

KEEP AWAY
If you can, you should stand
Six feet away from your fellow man

ZOOM
Zoom in Zoom out
I love you and one day
We will be together

IN THE NIGHT TIME
A light goes on I hear a shout
I hear a scream and the light goes out
In the night time

A GOOD DAY TO DO IT
It was a good day to do it
She wondered how long
It’d take him to notice she’d gone

NO GOING BACK
The children ask are we going back
To the days when it was all better
We had to tell them, no

SELF-ISOLATION BLUES
I shouldn’t have got so close to you
Now I’ve got these self-isolation blues

WE KEEP OUR DISTANCE
My neighbour struggles with the door
Once I’d help her but not any more
We keep our distance

STAY ALIVE
Exercise, sanitise
Don’t you scratch your eyes
This will help you to stay alive

TEN SECONDS
Ten seconds is more than enough
To say, I love you



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As a time capsule of this crazy year you've fully captured the weirdness. Love it. All of it. Ten seconds is short, yes - but long enough to really enjoy the groove and rich melody that you've put together for each piece. I suspect that I'm not going to be the only one to comment that I'd love to hear fully-developed "proper" length versions of every single one of these.

cindyrella's picture

Love this idea and this is so relatable! Those last lines are heaven!

dzd's picture

These are all wonderful! and yeah it would be nice to hear them more developed and flushed out, but I got the point in 10s, and love it as a medley.

kahlo2013's picture

This is absolutely fantastic! I love her e theme and you nailed the key messages so well! The music is great! Your delivery is really wonderful! So creative and clever! I loved all of them!!!! Thanks for doing this challenge!

Fuzzy's picture

Great little variations on a theme here.
Nice work with the various genres.
Lovely job.

metalfoot's picture

A wonderful collection of songs covering a strange and difficult year.

barbara's picture

The time may be short, but these are not short on instrumental style and attitude! I enjoyed hearing multiple instruments which rounded these out so well. I especially love MASKS for the way it sums up the frustrating emotional experience. Nicely done, all of it.

ductapeguy's picture

I love the variety of genres here. The reggae flavoured No Going Back is my favourite.

cleanshoes's picture

A perfect collection for the times! The baritone uke has such a warm tone. Keep Away and the Self-Isolation Blues are two of my favorites, but they're all good (and cover so many aspects of the strange times we live in!).