Four Songs to Keep You in the Moment: Carly Simon, Van Halen, Tears for Fears, and R.E.M.

Carly Simon singing about staying in the moment: “Anticipatin”

Namaste. Stay in the moment. Okay, try again.

In the seventh month of Covid we are frustrated: if only politicians listened to doctors and scientists, they could reduce the terrifying number of new cases here ( 1,200 a day) and unnecessary deaths.

I had to go three places to get a flu shot.

Live in the moment, we say. Appreciate this time without worry (or at least too much worry) about the future. “These are the good old days,” Carly Simon says in her lovely song, “Anticipation.”

Here are four songs to keep you in the moment, make you laugh, and feel joy.

Carly Simon’s wise and charming “Anticipation”

The joyful “Jump” by Van Halen

“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by the whimsical Tears for Fears

The outrageously funny, sweet “Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M., with Kate Pierson from the B-52s.

Namaste!