With this song — Jill Sobule’s cover of the Warren Zevon-written “Don’t Let Us Get Sick” — NJArts.net launches its Songs to See Us Through series, which will continue as long as the coronavirus crisis lasts.
This series, whose name was inspired by The Doobie Brothers’ 1974 “Song to See You Through,” is intended to help keep music alive during this stressful, fearful time. Some performances will be created especially for the series; others, like Sobule’s, will have previously existed. (We would like to feature newly recorded songs, as much as possible). We encourage artists and fans to email us with submissions and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We ask that the song be related to the current crisis in some way. It can be a new song. It can be an old song. It can be a cover. It can be about sickness or healing or isolation. It can be an angry song about politicians screwing up.
It can be connected to the crisis only indirectly. But it must have some connection.
We hope this will help with the isolation that many will be feeling in the weeks or maybe months to come. We also want to draw some attention to artists who won’t be able to perform concerts, as they usually do. We encourage anyone reading a post in this series to buy a CD or some other piece of merchandise from the spolighted artist, to make up for income lost from cancelled gigs.
Zevon included “Don’t Let Us Get Sick” on his 2000 album, Life’ll Kill Ya. In 2002, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and he died in 2003. Sobule’s cover was included on the 2004 compilation, Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon, and she also featured the song on her 2018 album, Nostalgia Kills.
Sobule’s website is jillsobule.com. Go there and buy something!
Click here for links to all songs in the series.
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