“Grateful” was written between December 2020 and March 2021, a period that felt like “pandemic limbo:” a vaccine existed, but getting an appointment was nearly impossible; there was an end in sight, but we had no idea when that end would come. I was grappling with seemingly contrary emotions – frustrated about the day-to-day grind of pandemic life, but truly grateful that my loved ones were still virus-free. I felt that many people were (and are) going through this, and needed to express it in song. The rhythmic drone represents the daily “sameness,” and the synth track evokes our ever-growing dependence on technology to connect with each other. My hope is that this piece can help us reflect on life during the pandemic – which will, god willing, soon become a distant memory.