Lockdown Day 4: Applause / Encierro Día 4: Aplausos

La versión español está después de la versión inglés.

WE HAVE A little bit of magic every evening at 8. All around town, people step out on their balconies and terraces. They stand in their courtyards or at their windows. And they applaud. We applaud. For one entire minute you can hear people clapping. There are some whistles and cheers. It’s to express gratitude to the healthcare workers doing all they can during this pandemic. It’s happening in many parts of Spain, as well as in Italy.

The weather started off fairly well Tuesday. Then things took a turn for the worse. From our location next to the roaring surf, we could hardly hear the applause last night. So I’ve simply shared the view from our terrace (above) as we clapped along with a lot of wonderful, grateful citizens. As usual, click the images below for a better view (first of 1 p.m. Tuesday, then 5, and finally 8 this morning) — and Dudo.


TENEMOS UN POCO de magia todas las tardes a las 8. Alrededor de la ciudad, la gente sale a sus balcones y terrazas. Se paran en sus patios o en sus ventanas. Y ellos aplauden. Nosotros aplaudemos. Durante un minuto entero puedes escuchar a la gente aplaudir. Hay algunos silbidos y vítores. Es expresar gratitud a los trabajadores de la salud que hacen todo lo posible durante esta pandemia. Aparentemente está sucediendo en muchas partes de España, así como en Italia.

El clima comenzó bastante bien el martes. Entonces las cosas empeoraron. Desde nuestra ubicación junto al rugiente oleaje, apenas podíamos escuchar los aplausos de anoche. Así que simplemente compartí la vista desde nuestra terraza (arriba) mientras aplaudíamos junto con muchos ciudadanos maravillosos y agradecidos. Como de costumbre, haz clic en las imágenes a continuación para verlas — y Dudo — mejor (primero de la 1 del martes, luego a las 5 y finalmente a las 8 de esta mañana).


“You’re thinking you’re through, that nobody cares, then suddenly you hear it starting…
“Estás pensando que ya terminaste, que a nadie le importa, y de repente escuchas que comienza …”

“You’ve had a taste of the sound that says love. Applause. Applause.”
Has probado el sonido que dice amor. Aplausos. Aplausos.


Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

36 thoughts on “Lockdown Day 4: Applause / Encierro Día 4: Aplausos”

  1. How very moving this must be, Mitchell…….pulling the community together every day. Very moving.
    Let the winds roar and sweep this virus into oblivion.

    1. Jim:
      Yes about obliviating (is that word?) the virus! Please let the winds calm down so we can at least open the terrace windows!

  2. I stood on our back deck and sang last night …until a neighbor shouted “Shut the f*ck up.”

    I like the applause idea though.

    1. Bob:
      f*cking neighbor (notice I didn’t say fucking because you didn’t say fuck). The applause is so moving and energizing, and really makes us feel not alone.

  3. Yes, doctors, nurses and all healthcare workers and staff are the heroes of this pandemic! Also truckers who keep supply lines going, grocery workers who keep the shelves stocked and who brave the public all day long to process sales.

    1. Debra:
      Exactly! I went to the supermarket yesterday and thanked every single staff person I saw there for being at work, including the security guard who gave me plastic gloves when I entered. We’ve also had a number of deliveries at home and I’ve thanked every person for being on the job (they’re all being extremely careful). It’s heartwarming to see their reactions. So grateful.

    1. The applause video is really quite something. Demonstrates that every single one of us is a potential victim – and all through no one’s ‘fault’. We’re all in this together, with no way to escape.

      Btw: That Lauren Bacall ‘Applause’ show was on on Broadway when I made my only ever visit to NY in 1969. (I didn’t actually see any shows at all while there, sadly). It’s the first time I’ve heard that title song – or, indeed, ANY number at all – from the show.

      1. Raybeard:
        I wish I could have seen the original Applause on Broadway. Some great songs. I’ll share more, so you can get a taste. The first time we stood on our terrace and could hear the applause and cheers, we were incredibly moved. I discovered last night that we can hear much more from our back hall (away from the sea), so I’ll try to get decent video/audio from there. Anyone working to serve the public during the lockdown deserves applause, but especially those who know they’re in close contact with the virus every day. Very grateful.

    2. Judy:
      And I hope to share something interesting and distracting to make it worth your while.

    1. JohnAndSusan:
      It gives us a warm feeling and makes us feel we’re not alone. (Are you still posting to latitudeadjustmentblog.com?)

  4. I feel a lockdown coming here. They have close the border to all – including a joint closing between USA and Canada except for traffic for trade, no tourists or cross border shopping (about time). Today we are going out for the last time in a while. I am delivering things to Mom but not coming in or close to her should I infect her by accident, as hubby and I can probably withstand the virus but not her. I am asking her to open her patio door and I will stand out there and deliver groceries/talk to her from 10 feet away, me on the outside. She can take her showers without fear that someone is not there should she fall (I told her that is actually a bigger concern now than the virus so I still do that and have done that for the past year). So sweet to see such humanization and appreciation there. Thank you for sharing. It really is good to know what is happening in other parts of the world. All our schools, bars, casinos, rec centres, libraries are now closed. Some small restaurants are still open but it’s only a matter of time and even those can’t have more than 50 people, most are doing takeout only. Our liquor stores are still open and places like home depot but I expect those to close. I want to buy some plants and seeds today even though we are still getting frosts so that if nothing else for weeks I am at home we can look at those like you do on your balcony.

    1. Cheapchick:
      To me, it seems like it’s all or nothing. If governments aren’t going to take control of it all, then there doesn’t seem much point in making recommendations. I love what you’re doing for your mother. That’s exactly what people have been told to do here. May you and she stay well!

    1. Wilma:
      I plan to get video of the sound of it from here. It is spirit elevating and reminds us we’re not alone.

  5. Another reason I love Europe so. You’ll never see gratitude like that in America. Last week while walking Buster, I was humming, and someone shouted out a window to shut up. Similar to Bob’s story. Granted it was 7:10am but it’s not like I was singing Pavarotti live at the Met.

      1. Deedles:
        Really? You need to ask? We can hear across the Atlantic and he’s got a pitch that could shatter glass.

    1. Mistress:
      I wouldn’t mind hearing someone humming or singing as they walked down the street. And you would be so much better than Pavarotti, I’m sure.

  6. Wow, those pictures! It looks so hauntingly desolate, until Dudo of course 🙂 The gratitude on both sides is a wonderful thing.

    1. Deedles:
      It is so very eerie. I’ve never lived in a war zone or a place devastated by a natural disaster. I can’t imagine what THAT must feel like. This alone is extremely unsettling.

    1. Ron:
      So glad you got it figured out! I WOULD share that video. But I’ll created one (I hope tonight) of the sounds of the city here at 8 p.m.

  7. Goodness, there you made me cry today…Love your town except for the weird way men dress in plaids !
    I know i Have said this so many times but I adore and will bow down (but can not get back up) to the fabulous pair.

    1. Parsnip:
      I hope to get a video of the clapping here tonight. I discovered last night that if we go out to our hall, which faces into town as opposed to the sea, we can really hear it. So moving.

  8. I remember seeing that show when it was made into a tv movie in the 70s. I didn’t see “All About Eve” until many years (decades?) later. Imagine my surprise! Almost lost my gay membership card there…

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I had no idea there was a made-for-tv movie of Applause. Was it any good? I’ll have to find it. Yeah, my gay membership card has been revoked and reinstated a number of times.

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