Bay Area Song Looks Towards End Of COVID-19 – NBC Bay Area
Like everyone in the United States, Ifat Orgad was eager to see the pandemic subside, as restrictions eased, businesses reopened, and families began to come together again. But unlike everyone else, she decided to write a song about it – record it in eleven different languages and release the accompanying video to a global audience.
“We wanted it to be multilingual,” said Orgad, sitting in the Mountain View recording studio where she recently recorded the song, “so that a lot of people around the world can relate to this song.”
The South Bay resident – via Israel, rewrote the lyrics to a Hebrew song and revamped them with a post-Covid-themed song called “The Day Will Come.” The song is about hopefully going back to cafes, sideboards, kissing parents, and putting Zoom in the rearview mirror.
She then recruited talented musician friends, booked a studio, and professionally recorded the song with eleven different singers singing in languages ranging from Italian to German, Hindi, Arabic and Chinese.
“Different languages always feel like uniting something bigger,” said Avital Fighel, a pianist who helped arrange the song. “The more people understand, can relate to, can put their hearts into it.”
A video of the singers recording their respective parts has been viewed by tens of thousands of people around the world via YouTube, Facebook and Spotify.
The lyrics yearn for the family ties that have been stretched by the isolation of the pandemic – the “uncles, cousins we missed – the grandparents we will embrace.” This message was personal to Orgad who had been unable to visit his parents in Israel during most of the pandemic.
“I really miss them, I want to give them a hug,” Orgad said. “That’s why I finished the song – ‘we’re going to kiss.’
The pandemic, despite all the hardship, illness and death it has brought with it, has created a kind of shared global experience, uniting people under the same umbrella of fear, determination, loss and hope. For the musicians and singers of the project, music has become the delivery system of this shared experience.
“Music binds us together,” said Ambreen Lakhani who sang the song in Hindi. “That’s what really turned me on – it’s because it’s in this unit, that’s how we’re going to get over Covid-19. ”
The group said even getting together in a recording studio to sing together was an inspiring moment that seemed to at least temporarily push back the last fifteen months of quarantine.
“Hearing someone live, singing,” recalls producer Gil Friedman, “that was wow! Yeah, amazing.”
Even though restrictions have eased as vaccines have been rolled out, Orgad warned the song was still impatient; the finish line, especially in some countries still struggling to contain the virus, was at least in sight, but not completely within reach. As in her words, she said the day after the end of Covid was coming, and people would just have to hang on a little longer. “They’re talking about the kids coming back to school, we’ll see each other without a mask,” she said, quoting lines from her song. “We can live again, we can actually live again.”