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What Music is Getting You Through 2020?

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Music is helping people get through the ups and downs of 2020. What songs have been your soundtrack? (iStock)

2020 has been a year so far. A pandemic with a growing number of lives lost. Record unemployment. Protests against systemic racism as police violence against Black people continues. A polarizing, high-stakes election. Wildfires. 

The world is a lot to bear right now, and we’re all figuring out how to feel all the different feelings. One way we’re coping with the stress and uncertainty is with music. When DJ D-Nice hosted Club Quarantine in the early days of the pandemic, he showed that a little music and dancing in our homes can go a long way in lifting spirits when we’re adapting to a new normal. Hospitals have been using music to celebrate patients recovering from COVID-19. Neighborhood musicians are reviving the joy of live music experiences in small, socially-distant ways. 

And then there are our personal playlists. For me, the voices of Beautiful Chorus have been saving my mornings—the time of day when my anxiety is most likely to take hold. Their positive mantras and harmonies are a balm for any feelings of fear and isolation, sometimes reminding me to smile or inducing a good, needed cry. And when I need to unwind, Juls and Sango’s “Ritmo Coco is there to get my body moving.

Now it’s your turn: what songs have been getting you through 2020?

Is there a song or artist that’s helped you cope with anxiety or loss? A go-to track that helps motivate you for another day of Zoom meetings or Zoom “school”? A song that’s become your soundtrack for biking or running off some steam? Or that signals the start of your personal happy hour at home? Share it with us! You and your song pick could be featured on a Friday episode of KQED Forum and on KQED’s “The Music Getting Us Through 2020” Spotify playlist (below.)


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