LOS ANGELES – Music is an art form for Michael Skloff, a music composer best known for penning, “I’ll Be There for You” the iconic theme song from the hit TV show Friends.
“I think there’s few things more meaningful in life than being there for someone and that’s what being a friend means to me,” Skloff said.
The phrase “I’ll be there for you” is now taking a new meaning in a song David Levinson, the founder of the nonprofit Big Sunday, wrote. Each year, Big Sunday finds more than 2,000 ways for people to give back and help each other through volunteering.
When Levinson came up with the idea for a song to share how volunteers are helping others, he called on Skloff, one of the nonprofit’s earliest volunteers to help him put the song together.
“I totally jumped on board with that. I think we need art to help inspire people to come together,” Skloff said.
Before COVID-19 restrictions were in place, Levinson and Skloff began recording the song “All We Got.” Levinson originally wrote the song to remind everyone that they have something to offer, something that they can use to connect with others, no matter what is going on in the world.
Both Levinson and Skloff had no idea that the song’s release would come at a time when COVID-19 would create physical distancing worldwide.
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“It’s no secret that we are living in a divided and divisive time. But, we find that almost everybody, no matter how old, how young, no matter what neighborhood they live in, no matter their political bent, they really want to focus on what we share, what we have in common and how we can get along and how we can make the world a better place,” Levinson said.
Skloff couldn’t help but feel grateful to share his talents with a group of volunteers who continue to give back.
“It’s amazing to be able to take part in something like this and to do what I can, using my talents and experience to help such an amazing organization,” Skloff said.
Large groups of people might not be able to gather together in person for the time being, but Skloff and Big Sunday hope this song will remind the world that in the end, we can always be there for each other.