Benjamin Gibbard - Life in Quarantine

Song of the Day
Hosted by John Richards
Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by John Richards, host of The Morning Show on KEXP, is "Life in Quarantine" by Benjamin Gibbard, a 2020 single on Barsuk Records.
photo by rachel demy
written by Janice Headley

Since the start of the statewide stay-at-home mandates, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard has been there for us, streaming live performances from his home studio almost daily. (He's since pared down to just performing on Thursday evenings, which is still an incredibly generous act to do week after week.) During one of his sessions in late March, he debuted a new track he had written titled “Life In Quarantine.”

"I know this is a really fucked up and scary time for everybody, including myself," he said, introducing the track. "And I know that we're all trying to figure out what we can do to make it better, or what we can do to alleviate the suffering of someone else."

Today's Song of the Day is available for purchase digitally via Barsuk Records, who are donating net proceeds to local organizations, including homelessness-support services non-profit Aurora Commons, "a welcoming space for our unhoused neighbors to rest, prepare a meal, connect to resources, and collectively create a healthy and vibrant community." Gibbard has also been encouraging viewers of the daily streams to donate to local non-profit organizations helping to deal with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Archived sessions are available for viewing on YouTubeFacebook, and Twitch

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