As the magnitude of COVID-19 continues to sink in, many (hopefully all) of us find ourselves practicing self-distancing in our homes. Activities for individuals at this time vary. Some choose to read a book, or enroll in a free class. Others watch Netflix’s Tiger King in the course of a day. One example of people using this time of quarantine for productivity is Saint Slumber.

While isolated, Joshua Perna, one half of Saint Slumber spent his time doing what he knows most. He wrote. The product of Perna’s quarantine writing became their newly released single. “it’s okay to be afraid’? came to me as I was struggling to sleep one night. Within 72 hours I had the song finished in its entirety and ready to release.” Perna said. Saint Slumber’s other member, guitarist Aaron Brown, even remotely recorded his parts in order to maintain social distancing and so the track could be released quickly.

“it’s okay to be afraid” is a timely alternative anthem that fits what the world is feeling and embracing the idea of being afraid. The track’s relevance, however, does not begin and end with its subject matter: Saint Slumber plans on using it as a vehicle for relief. “We decided that we would use the proceeds from the track to give to those affected by COVID-19,” says Joshua Perna. “We chose MusicCares because it’s an incredible organization that supports musicians in need, and we chose the PHL COVID-19 Relief Fund in order to give back to the incredible city that’s given us so much as a band.”

The New Jersey based rock band was in the middle of a tour at the time that things began to be shut down. “I found myself returning home from tour only to nearly barricade myself indoors,” says Saint Slumber’s  Joshua Perna. “It was super jarring. I went from flying across the country playing music to seeing every concert in the nation canceled in one fell swoop.” Saint Slumber took their time indoors to create a song and make a difference. Listen to ‘it’s okay to be afraid’ now.

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