Adele’s ‘Good day’ : Songs Of Remembrance : NPR

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Jeffrey Whitaker

Courtesy of Tina Neyer


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Jeffrey Whitaker

Courtesy of Tina Neyer

In March 2020, the World Well being Group declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Two years later, greater than one million individuals have died in america from the illness. To place a face on this quantity and pay respect to the departed, NPR requested our viewers to share songs that reminded them of a beloved one misplaced to COVID-19. What follows are particular person tales of those that have handed, these mourning them and the songs that proceed to unite them.

My brother was retired Air Pressure. As a single man, his life was full: Jeff was an aeronautical engineer who did a stint on the transport aircraft that took the house shuttle from Cape Canaveral to Edwards Air Pressure Base. He was an avid bike owner. He additionally was totally vaccinated on the time he contracted the virus. As a result of he was being handled for lymphoma on an ongoing foundation, the virus was an excessive amount of for him. I miss our Sunday morning calls, one thing he did each Sunday earlier than heading off to church. They have been our means of connecting throughout the nation, throughout our political variations, throughout the divide of our lives.

The tune that involves thoughts is Adele’s «Good day.» My brother seemingly did not know this tune, however as I sat in his house within the Mojave Desert in December final 12 months, making an attempt to scrub out the place, I wished to attach with him in a roundabout way. I’ve performed the tune many occasions since then. It brings me nearer to him.

Due to circumstances past my management, my brother died alone, however for the loving nurse who assured me he would stick with him as he took his final breath. Adele’s tune helps me to imagine that in a roundabout way, I hold related to Jeff. I share this with NPR as a result of you will need to me that he be remembered, that Jeff’s title is alleged. —Tina Neyer, sister

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