Sal Donato has been singing the news for more than a half-century years now. What does that mean? It means that everywhere he has lived—Western Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, Suburban New Jersey, and a brief stint in the Maze District in Canyonlands National Park—he has spent his Friday nights digesting the events of the week and presenting them as a short song in which he accompanies himself on piano.
When the coronavirus crisis hit, Sal was calm. “I’ve been through it all,” he said. “I remember where I was for the Cuban Missile Crisis, and when Kennedy was shot. I’ve been through Watergate. I watched the Challenger explode. On 9/11, I resisted panic by writing a song—’Two Towers in Two Hours.’ It was a dance hit later for reasons I can’t quite explain.”
Sal knew this was different. “The main thing here wasn’t just to tell the story of what is happening, but to calm people. I wanted to write a song that was also a public service announcement.” He has, and the Weekly World News is proud to present it today.