Story Behind the Song: I’ll Meet You in the Middle

Story Behind the Song: I’ll Meet You in the Middle

I’ll Meet You in the Middle

By Dale Menten

My first wife died in 2008 after a ten-year struggle with cancer.

In 2011, I married a lifelong friend, Julie Johnson. It didn’t take us very long to discover that our political views were ‘slightly’ at odds: she was ‘slightly’ left of center, and I was ‘slightly’ right of center. I wrote this song in an effort to bridge the gap.

It’s a musical plea for non-partisanship. “We are more alike than we are different.”

Julie and I are happily married, and residing mostly in the middle.

Listen to the Song

Searching for Good News During the Coronavirus Lockdown

Searching for Good News During the Coronavirus Lockdown

Some people consume media, others are consumed by it.

Every day I do a search for “Coronavirus good news.”

One of my favorite articles comes from the Harvard Medical School website and is entitled “Is there any good news about the coronavirus pandemic?” Another article I liked was in the LA Times (Why this Nobel laureate predicts a quicker coronavirus recovery: “We’re Going to be Fine”). It’s an article/interview with “Michael Levitt, a Nobel laureate and Stanford biophysicist, who has been analyzing the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide since January and correctly calculated that China would get through the worst of its coronavirus outbreak long before many health experts had predicted.”

I’m not talking about just going to sites that say there’s nothing to worry about, but rather sites that acknowledge what is and what is not true, and try to keep people calm, not complacent.

If something seems too good to be true I check it out on one of the debunking sites like For example, Snopes took a look at a popular Facebook post (Is This ‘Good News’ List About the COVID-19 Pandemic Accurate?) and found it to be “Mostly True.”

I also get daily information from the John Hopkins University of Medicine website and, because I live in California, I get daily updates from the California Department of Public Health.

The bottom line is that I do my best to get information without political comment or apocalyptic rhetoric. Information I can use to keep myself and those around me safe. Not information that confirms my hatred for people I didn’t vote for.