I’m not even sure if I like this yet, but the damn chorus is already stuck in my head, so here ya go.
Yes, it’s a song about hooking up or dating or whatever during the pandemic.
The song got its start in May when actor Nicholas Braun (aka Cousin Greg) was quarantining with friends, according to Rolling Stone, where the song premiered today.
“My friends are a couple and they’ve been together for years, but I was back there sort of being like, ‘Man, I wish I had somebody right now to go through this with,’” Braun told Rolling Stone. “And so this girl and I were talking and we were like, ‘Maybe we should go meet up and go for a walk — with bandanas on.’ So I went on this quarantine date; it sort of felt secret because I didn’t want my friends to know. And I guess the combination of paranoia and romance is what the song is about.”
Braun put out a “call to the wild” — Instagram — entreating his musically-inclined followers to help him with a song idea. Apparently, he struck a chord, because boy, did they respond. It got noticed by record label Atlantic Records, and morphed into a professionally produced song and music video, according to Rolling Stone.
The bandanas that inspired the song make an appearance in the music video. So do the Instagram fans. And hand sanitizer. And clips from COVID press conferences. And masks.
If you’re like me and have no idea what a Cousin Greg is, he’s in a television show called Succession, which I have heard of but have never seen.
This is a charity song, which is pretty cool.
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