Courtesy of Catherine Glass
More than 500,000 individuals have died within the U.S. from COVID-19 for the reason that pandemic hit this nation and the world simply over a 12 months in the past. NPR is remembering a few of those that misplaced their lives by listening to the music they liked and listening to their tales. We’re calling our tribute Songs Of Remembrance.
My dad liked something Northern Soul. He grew up in England within the Sixties and ’70s, when Northern Soul music was in style. He had a tough childhood, rising up in foster care and on the streets. I consider this music helped him by way of arduous instances in his life. At aged 57, he was identified with lung most cancers and he listened to his music throughout many hours of chemotherapy. When he was struggling with COVID-19, he additionally turned to his music. The music made him comfortable and made him wish to dance. One of the songs I do know he liked was “Because Of You” by Jackie Wilson. He by no means informed me why he preferred it however after listening to the phrases of the tune, I consider it is for my mom, who saved him. But my mother insists they saved one another.
The tune “Because Of You” by Jackie Wilson reminds of the time my dad and I have been sitting in his lounge after he was identified with most cancers and he informed me this was his favourite tune. I wrote it down in my notes part of my telephone as a result of I knew it could be vital to recollect. We ended up taking part in it at his memorial service. It additionally jogs my memory of how my mother and pop met, my dad was solely 21, younger, and looking for his approach in life; my mother was 32, divorced and likewise looking for her approach. They helped one another discover their approach in life over 40 years. —Catherine Glass, daughter