The first day of Spring was March 19. If you’re like me, you are working remotely while looking out for your families, friends and, colleagues, and trying to cope with the never-ending flood of news on COVID-19. So you probably didn’t realize that a new season had begun. Considering COVID-19’s global impact, I sincerely hope that each of you in the P&I Community and your families remain healthy and finds a way to get through this challenging time.
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It’s no doubt quite difficult to find a sense of optimism these days, but I think we all would do well to remember that we must believe in Spring. We can and we will get through this. Like the famous jazz standard says, “So in a world of snow, Of things that come and go, Where what you think you know, You can’t be certain of, You must believe in spring and love”.
Here are my favorite three versions of that classic:
Bill Evans - You Must Believe In Spring | (piano instrumental) https://youtu.be/FTlKzkdtW9I
Dave Sanborn (saxophone instrumental https://youtu.be/oYoQTHKV8b4)
Tony Bennett and Bill Evans (vocal, piano and lyrics) https://youtu.be/2bDFDYhXqPM
Be safe and stay in touch.