A good tune makes our days in isolation more bearable. Tonight, I’m remembering Harry Nilsson.

I love working from home, and I have a great WFH space. Yet oddly, from time to time over the past year, I’ve missed my old desk at work. It wasn’t a big or handsome desk. It didn’t have any fancy bells and whistles. It wasn’t even a stand-up desk. As I explained to a friend on the phone the other day—it was just my good old desk.

As I heard myself say, “good old desk,” I had a cool flashback to the late 1960s, my radio DJ days, and Harry Nilsson’s amazingly touching voice. Good Old Desk was side 1, cut 2 on his Aerial Ballet album. His second album for RCA.

Nilsson’s lyrics here aren’t profound or earth shattering. But written over 50 years ago, the lyrics are touching and sure capture the mood of many of us still working from home due to COVID:

“My old desk never needs a rest
And I’ve never once heard it cry
I’ve never seen it tease, its always there to please me
From nine to five—”

I have a sense that the current work from home situation will continue much longer than many of us suspect; I have a fear that we’re a long way away from seeing the end of coronavirus infections, mutations, and deaths. While we’re still working our way through all of this, I offer a thought: When you’re feeling a little down, there’s a whole lot of comfort and joy to be found in music and the performing arts.

Please get vaccinated, be well, social distance, and as Maryland governor Larry Hogan says daily, “Wear the damn mask.”

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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