dR Daily 10/26/20: "The Keep Going Song"
Thanks to my colleague and pal Molly duPont Schaffer for alerting me to this unique and achingly timely video. It’s essentially just a husband and wife, Shaun and Abigail Bengson, singing what feels like a spontaneous response to being quarantined with their 3-year-old at Shaun’s parents home in Ohio. Her voice a distinctive quaver, Abigail sings lines that can turn on a dime from poignant to funny: “If your heart is breaking, I hope it’s breaking open/ And if your breath is shaking, I hope it’s shaking through / And I hope that you’ve watched a lot of really great television, like a lot of it…”
I’m probably a bit late to the party. This video has already received more than 100,000 views, the New York Times made it a Critic’s Pick in August, the Bengsons were already kind of underground famous for their Off-Broadway autobiographical show The Hundred Days, and this song was part of a show commissioned by the Actors Theatre of Louisville for their 2020-21 virtual season. (Check out this conversation between the couple and the theater’s artistic director to learn more about their truly whirlwind courtship and the evolution of “Keep Going.”)
But if you haven’t yet heard it, please take a listen. “The Keep Going Song” might just be the pandemic anthem you need to, well, keep going.