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Chaz Ebert Debuts Song “I Remember People,” Performed Quarantine-Style by The Chicago Soul Spectacular


CHICAGO, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Chaz Ebert, CEO of Ebert Digital, publisher of the film review website Rogerebert.com, on Thanksgiving Eve has released a song she wrote earlier this year called “I Remember People” to express how she and millions of Americans have been feeling as we’ve been forced to keep our distance for months due to COVID-19.

Ebert admits she never thought the song would see the light of day, because it is about being in lockdown and isolation, and she thought those days would be long gone by now. But with COVID-19 numbers spiking and medical experts advising families not to gather for Thanksgiving, she decided to have it performed and publish it for all to see.

“I wanted to send a message that I feel you. We need each other, and help is on the way,” Ebert said.

She first got the idea for the song on April 4, 2020, when Ebert was unable to hold an in-person Day4Empathy event, which she started a few years ago to commemorate her late husband Roger Ebert’s principle of Empathy. Since the world had come to a screeching halt because of the coronavirus, she wrote a column, instead.

“If a virus can replicate in a way to insinuate its structure into the bodies and consciousness of almost every human being on this planet, why not a love meme or positive principles like empathy and compassion,” she wrote. “We just have to figure out how to do it in the most kind and loving way imaginable.” 

At the time, cities were imposing shelter-in-place orders and people were experiencing a new kind of isolation that was magnified by the lockdown. “The longing for human contact was so palpable that my empathic side wanted to create a balm to soothe the loneliness,” she said.

In her column, she alluded to a yearning for human warmth, for the sound of a voice, for the sight of a face, for the touch of a handshake, or a good word to make us laugh and know we are not alone. 

“What language is as universal as a virus?” Chaz says she asked herself. The answer: Music. Ebert enlisted the aid of musician and composer Chris Nava, son of filmmaker Gregory Nava (“Selena”), a close friend. Together, they created a bluesy-jazzy, upbeat tune. Ebert then reached out to Rashada Dawan, the Chicago singer and actress who previously portrayed Chaz on stage in two plays: “The Black/White Love Play,” the story of Chaz and film critic Roger Ebert, detailing their life together through their courtship, marriage and Roger’s untimely death in 2015, at the Black Ensemble Theater, and “The Great Debate: It’s Out of This World,” a play written by Chaz and performed at Victory Gardens Theater.

“Since I can’t sing, I knew that Rashada would give ‘I Remember People’ just the right interpretation. And, boy, was I right,” Ebert adds. 

Here, with her band, The Chicago Soul Spectacular, is Rashada Dawan performing “I Remember People.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjV3mSRIy_g

I REMEMBER PEOPLE
By Chaz Ebert, with Chris Nava; Performed by The Chicago Soul Spectacular

The sound of your voice
And the sight of your face
The touch of a handshake
And the warmth of an embrace
All the things we took for granted
Now it’s time we recognize
We all need each other
To make us laugh and make us cry

So, tell me do you miss me?
Tell me do you love me?
Do you want to see me?
Tell me do you need me?
I’m saying that I miss you
You know that I love you
That I want to see you
I’m saying that I need you, I need you

Yes, I remember people
In the sunshine everyday
Do you remember just who we are?
And what it means to live in faith

I remember people
Walking in the streets, yeah, every day
I want to stand out on the corner
Shouting how glad I am to see your face
Can we get a little compassion
A little kindness, faith, and love
Yeah let’s spread some forgiveness
Give some light to everyone

So, tell me do you miss me?
Tell me do you love me?
Do you want to see me?
Tell me do you need me?
I’m saying that I miss you
You know that I love you
That I want to see you
I’m saying that I need you, I need you

Yes, I remember people
Walking in the sunshine every day
Do you remember just who we are
And what it means to live in faith
I remember people
I remember you

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SOURCE Rogerebert.com

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