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You have been telling us concerning the songs which might be getting you thru this nerve-racking time. For Cara Robertson (ph) of Santa Monica, Calif., it is Nina Simone’s cowl of the 1970 hit “O-o-h Baby.”


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 assume, properly, that is – this three minutes or so is sort of a good – is an effective period of time to have slightly crying jag in my automotive.

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

ROBERTSON: She was in weekly chemo after which would usually have one other day the place she’d get hydration through IV. Both my brother or I’d be together with her. And so I can not say it was a great time, however it 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 telephone that the most cancers had unfold, and additional chemo can be ineffective. And that was devastating. It will have been, you recognize, upsetting at any time. However I feel beneath regular circumstances, that is one thing he would have been in a position to speak to her about in particular person. And it is slightly bit alienating, and when – particularly if you’re confronted with a variety of not superb decisions. And I feel that a part of the therapeutic that you simply get or a part of the enable you get from the physician is simply absent.

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


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

ROBERTSON: I hearken to it each time I depart the home and discover it, you recognize, simply very soothing. The voice is admittedly highly effective, however it’s additionally stuffed with sorrow. And I feel the music, though fairly easy, you recognize, incorporates loads of knowledge.


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 not too long ago is that though I had actually taken consolation in the concept that issues that issues can be higher, and that this can move, you recognize, now I ponder if my mom might be, you recognize, with us when this pandemic is over. And I feel the actual drugs within the music, crucial a part of the music now for me is the top, notably the best way that Nina Simone repeats proper now – you recognize, a reminder that that is the time now we have collectively, and it is vital to cherish it.

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

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