The Week contest: Change of tune
This week's question: Murphy's Irish Pub in Corralejo, Spain, has removed Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" from its music menu because patrons can't resist singing along — potentially spraying clouds of coronavirus-laden droplets around the bar. If a musician were to rewrite a classic pop song to encourage people to practice safe social distancing and not sing indoors, what should the track be titled?
THE WINNER: "I Want You Back (About Six Feet)"
John Holler, Clearwater, Minnesota
SECOND PLACE: "Can't Take My Mask Off for You"
Glen Alfredson, Durham, North Carolina
THIRD PLACE: "Don't Sing So Close to Me"
Michael Rouse, Troy, Michigan
"Don't Stand by Me"
Norm Carrier, Flat Rock, North Carolina
"Airborne in the USA"
Michael Sebring, Scottsdale, Arizona
"Killing Me Loudly (With Your Song)"
Ken Liebman, Williston, Vermont
Janine Witte, New Hope, Pennsylvania
"I Would Mask 500 Smiles"
Barb Schmidt, Wildwood, Montana
"(I Don't Want You to Give Me) Fever"
Michael Billig, Lakewood, New Jersey
"Single ladies (Put a Mask on It)"
Crane Holmes, Portland, Oregon
"All About That Space"
Ken Kellam III, Dallas
"Papa Don't Sneeze"
Steve Gilland, Raleigh, North Carolina
"Gimme Shelter (In Place)"
Kim Goosmann, Sacramento, California
"I'd Like to Teach the World to Sign"
Cheryl Old, San Diego
"Let's Spend The Night Together (After Quarantine)"
Barry Zimmerman, Bellevue, Washington
"Nowhere (Close) Man"
Patty Oberhausen, Fort Wayne, Indiana
"I Wanna Zoom with Somebody"
Robyn Kupferman, Culver City, California
"R-E-S-P-E-C-T My Space"
Joan Winquist, Scotts Valley, California
Joe Ayella, Wayne, Pennsylvania