The color green is commonly associated with themes of healing, hope and calmness — after all, guests to television programs wait in a ‘green room’ prior to showtime. Green also happens to be the color of a room or studio belonging to Michael Stipe, and it’s the spot he chose to perform his powerful new song for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night.
The longtime R.E.M. vocalist recently premiered “No Time for Love Like Now,” a song he worked on with Aaron Dessner of The National for the Big Red Machine project. Lyrically poignant and structurally calming in a way that’s tough to describe, the song is an absolute gem — and Stipe delivered a calming, resonant performance of the song from his “green room,” while wearing a green sweater, too.
The lyrics of this song take on added meaning in the confusing times of the coronavirus pandemic:
where did this all begin to change
the lockdown memories can’t sustain
this glistening, hanging free fall
i turned away from the glorious light
i turned my head and cried
whatever waiting means in this new place
i am waiting for you
This release from Michael Stipe comes after he released a 4-step PSA regarding how to conduct yourself amid the coronavirus pandemic — specifically, tips for staying healthy during these uncertain times.
He also sang a bit of R.E.M.’s “It’s The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” which re-entered the music charts in light of the pandemic: