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Keeping the beat from a distance of six feet

Songs by Sting, Bette Midler and Dave Matthews help drive home the message to keep a safe six feet apart.

PORTLAND, Maine — Not only is music a good pace-setter for your walk around the neighborhood, but the right songs can also help remind you to keep a wide berth from other walkers.

With the coronavirus pandemic keeping so many of us housebound for long periods of time, stepping out for some fresh air is a welcome relief. Health officials say we still need to get outside for exercise and peace of mind, as long as we keep a safe distance of six feet from other people to avoid spreading the virus.

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Narrow sidewalks weren't built with social distancing in mind. If you're not careful, it's too easy to brush shoulders with someone else who is walking in the other direction.

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We've created a playlist for your walk that allows you to get lost in the music without losing your sense of space. Each song was chosen for lyrics that reinforce the theme of social distancing.

Spotify users can click on the link we've created to access our playlist through the streaming service. For everyone else, feel free to copy our list to fit your preferred method of listening.

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  • Don't Stand So Close to Me -- The Police
  • The Space Between -- Dave Matthews Band
  • Splendid Isolation -- Warren Zevon
  • From a Distance -- Bette Midler
  • Room to Breathe -- Hall & Oates
  • Back Off Boogaloo -- Ringo Starr
  • So Far Away -- Carole King
  • Don't Come Close -- The Ramones
  • Solitude is Bliss -- Tame Impala
  • Stand Back -- Stevie Nicks
  • Come Out and Play (Keep 'em Separated) -- The Offspring
  • I Can't Get Next to You -- The Temptations
  • Keeping My Distance -- Martina McBride
  • U Can't Touch This -- MC Hammer

Our playlist puts a silly face on a serious issue. Practicing social distance saves lives. Let's give everyone the space they need to stay healthy and we'll all get through this difficult time together.

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