BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Singer songwriter, and Bridgewater resident, Jim Winder had a rough night sleeping a few weeks ago – so he turned a sleepless night into beautiful music.

“I felt the need to pray for someone who was struggling to breathe, perhaps a man like me, but who at this moment was fighting to live,” he said. “I felt a deep empathy for some unknown person.”

Over the next few days, Winder said, he spoke to his wife, Paula, about how their lives had not changed much during the quarantine.

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“We are healthy and inconvenienced while so many are suffering,” he said. “The stark difference presented something to explore and turn into a song.”

After watching a few YouTube performances by singer Mary Chapin Carpenter, Winder learned an alternate tuning for his guitar, and he turned that and his feelings about the quarantine into a song, "Together," that he wrote over an about three-week period.

Winder is a professional singer songwriter, who has recorded three CDs and regularly plays New Jersey coffee houses and churches either solo or with his band, Jim Winder and The Race.

Winder is also in software sales for PTC Inc., and has lived in Bridgewater his whole life, also raising his two daughters, Kim and Jamie in town, both Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduates.

Winder said that as people listen to the song, he hopes they will see themselves and then relate to others with empathy and love.

“The couple sipping tea and taking walks together, mainly just inconvenienced by staying inside during this crisis, the spouses where one is in the hospital struggling, while the other is home hoping and praying for their recovery and unable to be with them through the days and nights,” he said of the people recognized in the song. “And those awakened in the night or just deeply moved any time to pray that God would have mercy and heal someone known or unknown.”

Winder said he is not planning to write more songs about the COVID-19 situation unless something else inspires him to do so.

But for now, he hopes people who listen to the song can relate to the families and everything each different person is going through during the quarantine.

“And finally, (I hope people understand) that this is a time to reach out and comfort each other and help one another,” he said. “We can get through this, together.”

To listen to the song and watch the accompanying video, visit his website at www.jim-winder.com/videos.