Day 483: Could we start again please, Jesus Christ Superstar
Covid Island Discs: The final Song
So 69 weeks after the UK first went into lockdown I am finally bringing Covid Island Discs to an end. In theory the last lockdown restrictions in the UK were meant to be lifted on 21st of June 2021 although the new delta variant of the virus, which is incredibly contagious and is leading to a new increase in hospitalisations in the UK, delayed the final removal of restrictions until the 19th of July. This final release is occurring despite the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the UK being driven by the delta variant. It looks like we will be in for a 3rd wave this summer but hopefully it will be less lethal than previous waves due to the over 50s now being mostly vaccinated.
Anyway, for better or worse, whatever the outcome, it is just a simple harsh truth that we must now get used to living with this horrible virus in our presence because clearly it is so widespread throughout the world that it is never going to go away. Even if we do get a new lockdown in the future, I shall not restart Covid Island Discs as I did last summer because at some point things must return to a new normal.
So choosing the song to close Covid Island Discs was not difficult because Jesus Christ Superstar was one of the first pieces of music that I fell in love with as a very young child when my sister Julie took me to see the rock concert in Sydney in the early 70s. I can’t remember how old I was but I could not have been much older than 5 or 6.
I was a crazy child and so began learning and singing the whole rock opera. My family still have photos of me with my arms stretch out in a crucifix position such was my obsession with the Musical and gospel story of Jesus of Nazareth. Not only did I fall in love with the musical, but this also led me to the Christian faith and it was about 8 when I committed my life to Jesus of Nazareth who was born around 4BC and who was crucified around AD 33 under the reign of Pontius Pilate and Herod Antipas who would die some 6 years later. So I guess when all is said and done, Jesus Christ Superstar as a piece of music has had the most significant effect on my life out of all the music I have cited in Covid Island Discs
It is my hope that someone reading this final post in the future will find joy looking through the 484 songs (very early on in covid Island Discs I did a Midnight Oil bonus track) I have collated during the 69 weeks of this twilight zone living in some form of lockdown due to Covid-19. In some ways this song also captures that universal longing when things go horribly wrong of wanting to rerun history so we could have a better outcome. In relation to Covid-19, if we could start again then obviously the thing we would do differently is lockdown much harder and sooner before the virus became so ubiquitous in the human population. Once the virus had spread far and wide in the human population, the chances of new more virulent and contagious variants of the virus arising was only a matter of time and such variants are now preventing us ever being able to completely eradicate Covid-19, even with a widespread vaccination program. Whoever you are reading this, as I say when I sign off in my Youtube videos: ““I hope your body and mind are in a good place”.