Music: Nick Cearley Raises Us Up in Song With ‘Social Distance’

Nick Clearly of The Skivvies

Guest post by Lawrence Pfeil Jr.

When the going gets tough, the tough get creative.

With the news, updates, and outlooks about the coronavirus pandemic changing by the hour in ways unimaginable only a week ago, we need artists to bring us together while we are forced into isolation.

And that’s what Nick Cearley, the musical mastermind behind the wildly popular ‘undie rock’ duo, The Skivvies, has done with his latest inspiring song makeover, “Social Distance.”

The Skivvies have become one of the hottest tickets in New York City cabaret. The Skivvies perform stripped-down arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals.

Not only is the music stripped down – cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica – but The Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. And the critics cheered!

“…Distinctive musical style, highly original…smart…sophisticated…ingenious…” – Wall Street Journal

“…a hot musical comedy duo specializing in unexpected arrangements, incongruous mashups and, of course,
highly toned displays of skin.” – The New York Times

And it’s not just the critics who’ve fallen in love with The Skivvies. The group welcomes guest appearances by stars from the worlds of Broadway, TV, and the recording studio including Jeremy Jordan, Nick Adams, Nick Lachey, Laura Benanti, Tituss Burgess and more – all singing in their underwear.

Clad in only his red undies with a firm grip on his ukulele (no, that’s not a euphemism) and some divine inspiration (yes, that is a euphemism as in the Divine Miss M), Nick transforms Bette Midler’s 1991 Grammy Award-winning hit, “From a Distance” into a new 2020 song of hope.

Nick Cearley will be performing a live living room concert today, March 17 at 4PM Eastern on his Facebook page here.

Check The Skivvies official website for information regarding live performances here.

Lawrence Pfeil, Jr., is a freelance writer/playwright who has reviewed film and theatre, both on and off-Broadway, for media outlets including The Randy Report, the New York Blade, and Edge Publications.