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LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:

You have been telling us in regards to the songs which can be getting you thru this hectic time. For Cara Robertson (ph) of Santa Monica, Calif., it is Nina Simone’s cowl of the 1970 hit “O-o-h Little one.”

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “O-O-H CHILD”)

NINA SIMONE: (Singing) Ooh, little one, issues are gonna get simpler. Ooh, little one, issues’ll get brighter.

CARA ROBERTSON: I need to admit that there are occasions once I suppose, properly, that is – this three minutes or so is sort of a good – is an efficient period of time to have a bit crying jag in my automobile.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: And for a lot of causes, together with her mom’s well being. She has metastatic ovarian most cancers. It has been arduous.

ROBERTSON: She was in weekly chemo after which would typically have one other day the place she’d get hydration by way of IV. Both my brother or I’d be along with her. And so I am unable to say it was a very good time, but it surely was a really supportive setting for her.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: However when the pandemic hit, the hospital locked down, and Robertson’s mom needed to take her remedy alone.

ROBERTSON: On the finish of April, her physician advised her over the cellphone that the most cancers had unfold, and additional chemo could be ineffective. And that was devastating. It will have been, you already know, upsetting at any time. However I believe underneath regular circumstances, that is one thing he would have been capable of discuss to her about in particular person. And it is a bit bit alienating, and when – particularly once you’re confronted with a variety of not superb selections. And I believe that a part of the therapeutic that you simply get or a part of the enable you to get from the physician is simply absent.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: As Cara Robertson has helped her mom by way of these unhappy and scary months, Nina Simone has helped her.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “O-O-H CHILD”)

SIMONE: (Singing) Sometime, we’ll get it collectively, and we’ll get it undone, sometime when the world is way brighter. Sometime, we’ll stroll collectively within the stunning solar, sometime when the world is way lighter.

ROBERTSON: I take heed to it each time I depart the home and discover it, you already know, simply very soothing. The voice is basically highly effective, but it surely’s additionally filled with sorrow. And I believe the tune, though fairly easy, you already know, accommodates quite a lot of knowledge.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “O-O-H CHILD”)

SIMONE: (Singing) Ooh, little one, issues are gonna get simpler. Ooh, little one, issues’ll get brighter.

ROBERTSON: What I have been excited about extra just lately is that though I had actually taken consolation in the concept that issues that issues could be higher, and that this can go, you already know, now I’m wondering if my mom will likely be, you already know, with us when this pandemic is over. And I believe the true medication within the music, a very powerful a part of the tune now for me is the tip, significantly the best way that Nina Simone repeats proper now – you already know, a reminder that that is the time we have now collectively, and it is necessary to cherish it.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Cara Robertson of Santa Monica, Calif., sharing the tune that is getting her by way of. And if you would like to share a tune that is getting you thru, ship a word to thecallin@npr.org and inform us the way it’s serving to. That is thecallin@npr.org. Transcript offered by NPR, Copyright NPR.



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