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Day 366: The Logical Song, Supertramp

Countdown to the year anniversary of Covid Island Discs Covid Island new year’s eve

Well we’ve made it. Tomorrow one year ago I started Covid Island Discs. Little did I (or indeed the world know) just how devastating this disease would be on so many lives. Since starting Covid Island discs so many thousands of lives have been lost to this terrible virus. So many people have also been forced to live a year of their lives in isolation and many businesses have been deeply damaged, some of course have gone out of business.

Yet there is light at the end of this very dark tunnel. One really impressive thing this year has shown, is just how well science can work to serve humanity when scientists are able to collaborate on a single problem rather than compete in an adversarial way, which sadly is much more common, given the foolish grant system that funding agencies have created. We now have at least 4 different highly effective vaccines available and in the UK, through the excellent work of the NHS, British people are steadily being vaccinated. In fact, I received my first vaccination the day I wrote this sentence although it is not on the 20th of March but rather the 13th as I write Covid Island Discs posts in blocks and then use a WordPress scheduler to make sure they published on the correct date. Although I have very much enjoyed doing Covid Island Discs and will continue to do so until the UK is officially out of lockdown, I will certainly be pleased when this project finally comes to an end as this means that we have finally defeated this microscopic enemy, hopefully through the population reaching herd immunity.

The logical song is certainly one of Supertramp’s greatest songs. Hodgson wrote the song reflecting on his Boarding School experience. He said of his own song: “the burning question that came down to its rawest place was ‘please tell me who I am,’ and that’s basically what the song is about. I think this eternal question continues to hit such a deep chord in people around the world and why it stays so meaningful.”

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