It’s About Time!
What is time? The output of a clock? A pause in a baseball game? A weekly news magazine? The indefinite continued progress of irreversible events? Hey, we aren’t going to pretend to be qualified to come up with a definition, but we DO know that most people seem to have a little more free time on their hands these days.
So, this month we spent extra time to give you more—we went with FIFTEEN songs (instead of the usual 10) on this month’s Knockmix. Join us as we plug in, turn up the volume, and jam—after all, if you've got the time, why not?
Bob Dylan with "The Times They Are A-Changin’”
They sure are, Bob. They SURE are. We haven’t seen a live sport in a month, “cool mask!” is now a fairly normal complement, and handshakes might never make a comeback (although some people might argue this has been a long time coming). Despite these “new norms,” it has been heartening to see the ways communities have united in support of one another. Let’s be those people. The ones who stare a challenge in the face and channel strength and compassion instead of fear. That is how we win. Let’s do this thing, Knock Fam.
Cyndi Lauper with “Time After Time”
Practice makes perfect, yo. We know there’s something you’ve been wanting to get better at “if only you had the time.” NEWSFLASH: you’ve got it now. Juggle some oranges, do a watercolor of your view out the window (does it count as a still-life if you just stay in the same place?), pull your grandma’s knitting stuff out...whatever it is that you’ve had an itch to get better at, now’s your chance, fancy pants.
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes with "(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life"
Way to Spend Time at Home #387: Lay out all of your pillows and couch cushions on the floor, move any sharp objects or tables, and practice the “lift-scene” from Dirty Dancing like you know you’ve always wanted to. Yeah, tough guy, we know you love that movie.
Britney Spears with "...Baby One More Time”
Looking for an appropriate response for when your significant other asks “should I wash my hands?” Search no further than the title of this late 90s mega-hit.
Bob Marley and The Wailers with "Time Will Tell"
We can only do the best we can in the moment we have. Focus on improving things you can control, and try not to worry about the things you can’t. If we can all do that, then we’re giving ourselves the best path to success. Time will tell.
The Kinks with "This Time Tomorrow"
This time tomorrow, you’ll prooobably be right where you are today. Make the most of your space with something nice like fresh flowers, a well-scented candle, or a framed photo of your best friend doing something utterly ridiculous.
The Chamber Brothers with "Time Has Come Today"
If, “today” sort of feels like “yesterday” and “tomorrow,” then hit up that journal, friend. This is a pretty unique situation we’re in, and you’ll like looking back on some memories from these couple of months. Set aside some time to write down a couple moments from the day, even if it’s something small like “today the grocery store employee congratulated me on finding a beautiful clove of garlic.” You know. Stuff like that.
Pink Floyd with "Time”
15 years: The amount of time Knockaround has been selling affordable sunglasses.
11 minutes: The amount of time a football is actually in play during an NFL game.
20 seconds: THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU SHOULD WASH YOUR HANDS FOR. AND DO IT OFTEN.
Sublime with "Doin’ Time"
“Summertime, and the livin's easy.” - Bradley Nowell hit the nail on the head with the opening line to this classic groove. We’re more than excited for the upcoming days of beaches, pools, and barbecues, but if we want that to happen we have to do our part now and flatten that dang curve. We got this!
Ja Rule and Ashanti with “Always On Time”
It ain’t hard to make it work on time when the office is your kitchen table. How about that commute, eh?!
Prince with "Sign ‘O’ the Times"
Signs of these times:
- Neighborly love from across the street
- FaceTiming your family for a dinner and game night
- Friendly head nods instead of handshakes
- Sending letters
- Washing your hands A LOT
- Calling an old friend
- Being creative
- Being loving
- Being kind
MGMT with “Time to Pretend”
If there’s one thing we’ve seen a lot lately, it’s an explosion of creativity. From pretending to camp in the living room, to surfing waves (A.K.A. tarps and hoses) in the backyard, to hosting happy hours through Zoom, people are finding new ways to make life HAPPEN.
REO Speedwagon with “Time For Me to Fly”
Doubtful—the airport isn’t a great place to be these days.
Daft Punk with “One More Time”
Dance to this song. Or another song. Dance to something. Why not practice your moves now so when the local dance hall opens back up you can be the talk of the town? (Those still exist, right?)
Led Zeppelin with “Good Times Bad Times”
Here’s the realist in us: While it’s too bad that we’re all physically separate, it has been awesome to see the ways people have stepped up to help each other out. It’s that neighborly love that will get us through this—gotta look at the bright side!
BONUS: Semisonic with “Closing Time”
We couldn’t not finish with this one… Hey, once bars reopen, you might hear this again at last call! Until then, stay safe and stay kind, Knock Fam. We love you.