Yeah, It's A Good Song, But Maybe It's Just Corona Good - 27 East

Arts & Living

Arts & Living / 1714728

Yeah, It’s A Good Song, But Maybe It’s Just Corona Good

Marisa Valentino on Jul 27, 2020

Everyone is finding ways to stay entertained during the pandemic. That includes local musicians Harry Spero of East Quogue and Noah Chenfeld of East Hampton who kept busy by teaming up to create the viral song “Is It Corona Good?”

The song is about figuring out if life during this unusual time — including friendships with neighbors, TV shows, the quality of home cooking, Zoom parties — is actually good or just “Corona good.”

The tune quickly became a virtual YouTube sensation and gained thousands of views without promotion. Spero, 70, and Chenfeld, 24, think it’s the perfect addition to everyone’s pandemic playlist.

“People are dying. People have died. People are sick. People are out of work. People might never work again. It's very sad for a lot of folks,” said Spero. “I thought that I’d just bring them something that would lighten up their day a little bit.”

During quarantine Spero, like many others, noticed his perception of “good” was changing. The realization first struck when he and his family were watching the Netflix documentary “Tiger King.” It isn’t the type of show they would enjoy under ordinary circumstances, “And yet we were compelled and we continued watching it,” said Spero. “Was that TV show good or was it ‘Corona Good?’”

He also noticed this change in perception with his daughter’s cooking. She’s the chef of the family and a vegetarian.

“She appears to be a pretty good cook,” said Spero. “But after two weeks, I have lost 11 pounds. And I question if her food is actually good or is it ‘Corona good?’

“Then I realized that I kind of came up with an idea that was a measuring tool of what we're going through right now as our judgment has been compromised,” he added. “Are we really making the right decisions here?”

And that’s what the song is about.

Covid-19 didn’t only give Spero the inspiration for the song, it also provided him the time to write it. Before the epidemic, Spero was busy leading his advertising agency, Spero Media. The company sells tickets for sports clients like the Mets, Jets, and the U.S. Open Tennis Championship. With arenas, stadiums and auditoriums now closed due to COVID-19, business is paused. So with newfound free time Spero put his efforts to music and wrote the song.

But to see if the song was actually good or just “Corona good,” Spero played it for some friends, including Cliff and Chana Chenfeld, and their son Noah.

“It made me angry that I didn't write it. I immediately knew I had to be a part of it,” said Noah Chenfeld.

So the two then began working to perfect the song together. Spero and Chenfeld are not new to the music scene and they’ve collaborated on other songs in the past.

“I've written songs my entire life,” said Spero, who had a band called Loaded and another titled Harry Spero and His Fabulous Friends. Both bands produced multiple albums that were distributed by major record labels dating from 1998 until two years ago.

Chenfeld is also in the business, and is a professional musician and songwriter. He has performed at various New York venues including Webster Hall, Bowery Electric, and The Bitter End. For “Is It Corona Good?” Noah sang, produced, and played all of the instruments on the recording.

Then Spero came up with the idea of producing a music video for the song with the cast made up of the songwriters’ families.

“We were social distancing the whole way,” said Spero. “Everybody's wearing masks. Then we went to various locations in East Hampton and his [Chenfeld’s] squad shot the video.”

“My favorite scene from the music video would have to be the first verse when Harry, his wife Norine, and my parents say ‘hi’ to each other on the street, followed by realizing their friendliness is only ‘Corona good,’” said Chenfeld. “I was behind the camera and felt like Scorsese directing De Niro. It was that good.”

Once the music video was finished, “Is It Corona Good?” was uploaded to Youtube, Spotify, Amazon, and iTunes. It exploded overnight without any promotion. In just one day it had over 15,000 views on YouTube.

The song has since been played on radio and TV stations, and continues to gain popularity on the internet.

“The fact that we're up to all these views is quite thrilling,” said Spero. “It has me believing that there's really something there that people are appreciating.”

“I hope viewers and listeners have as much fun watching it as we did making it,” said Chenfeld who added that being part of the creation of the song was very enjoyable and rewarding. “I write and sing my own songs, but singing a song you didn't write forces you to try out a different voice, and I enjoy that adaptation process.”

Now, the songwriting team is working on a social distancing dance craze called “The Pandemic Pivot.” They are also pursuing some follow-up ideas for other COVID-19 themed songs.

They report that one of those songs is called “I keep wearing the same shirt that I slept in last night.''

Sound familiar?

You May Also Like:

STYLEHAMPTON: À-Tout-Àge Fashion Veteran Denise Johnston’s Burgeoning Brand

It’s not a new story: a woman with unique personal style comes to the realization ... 10 Aug 2020 by Steven Stolman

Neo-Political Cowgirls Boost Arts, Advocacy with Andromeda’s Sisters

Florencia Lozano recently found herself questioning what she always took for granted: books and articles ... by Michelle Trauring

The Story He Is – Roger Rosenblatt’s Writing Life

“Writing makes justice desirable, evil intelligible, grief endurable, and love possible.” – Roger Rosenblatt (from ... by Annette Hinkle

Life Drawing With Linda Capello

The Education Department of the Parrish Art Museum announced that teaching artist Linda Capello’s popular ... by Staff Writer

Backyard Theater At Guild Hall

Guild Hall is pleased to inaugurate the John Drew Backyard Theater (JDBT), a space in ... by Staff Writer

Ed Smith’s Reflections

The BCK Fine Arts Gallery @Montauk is pleased to present its third exhibition of the season, and its first show of the works of sculptor Ed Smith. In “Reflections: Recent Works by Ed Smith,” the artist presents a collection of bronze torsos, small bronze figures, small terra cotta figures and torsos along with monographs and drawings, depicting both his process and versatility. Throughout his career, Ed Smith has been known for his portrayal of the “heroic ideal.” His inspiration is drawn from the Classical Period of Greece, the Golden Age; a time period which drew its heroes and code of ... by Staff Writer

Present Tense: Black Lives Matter(ed)

“Africaville,” a powerful debut novel by Jeffrey Colvin, tells the story of the black experience ... by Staff Writer

Let’s Hit The Drive-in!

Sag Harbor Cinema’s Drive-in series continues at Havens Beach with films every Sunday night that ... by Staff Writer

Outdoor Music at Bay Street

Bay Street Theater has opened its outdoor patio and bar to the public five days a week — Thursdays through Mondays — from 1 to 8 p.m. daily, with live music performed outdoors (weather permitting) by local artists. The bar menu includes snacks and drinks, as well as Bay Street Theater face coverings and water bottles. All funds go to support Bay Street Theater, its artists, and staff. The theater itself remains closed due to COVID-19 government regulations, so all purchases are greatly appreciated. Drink specials on Bay Street Theater’s Patio Bar menu include the Mojo Mojito (rum, lime, and ... by Staff Writer

Mountainfilm In The Great Outdoors At SAC

Mountainfilm on Tour Southampton returns to the Southampton Arts Center again this year, with films ... by Staff Writer

Welcome to our new website!

To see what’s new, click “Start the Tour” to take a tour.

We welcome your feedback. Please click the
“contact/advertise” link in the menu bar to email us.

Start the Tour
Landscape view not supported