When I saw the title and the circles, I entered the notes of the scale immediately, then went back and started at 1A. Eventually, I found that the notes were to be taken independently, in a way. Including them makes them fit the QMCs that they all get, but taking them out reveals a more standard phrase. "Scarce resources" isn't exactly a stand-alone phrase the way "Amazing Grace" or "the pied piper" is, but in this pandemic period, perhaps it is particularly appropriate.
My favorite theme clue/answer pair today is ... wait, do we need a new acronym for that? Yes. So my favorite C/AP today is "Letting out all the stops to drown out the other instruments?" for ORGANDOMINATION. It's hilarious, and "organ donation" is a good thing. PARASOLMILITARY (Troops who are worried about sun protection?) is good too, thanks to a high silliness quotient.
Other good C/APs are "Bronze that's not winning any awards?" (FAKETAN), "Take into account?" (SAVE), and "What might come down to the wire? (BIRD). QMCs all.
I do not know the Beatles song YESITIS by name, so that was a tricky clue (B-side to the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride"), and it took me far too long to think of the SEAGRAM building. I kept trying to cram "chrysler" in there.
Also, I've recently begun learning Finnish. I am half Finn myself, and we are planning to visit the country whenever we can travel again. Anyway, one of the tools in my multi-pronged learning is DuoLingo, which recently released a beta Finnish course, and this long non-sequitur is just a way of saying that I learned from Duo that MUSTI is a traditional name for a dog in Finland. Of course, that would have been a much harder clue than "Is that really necessary?," but maybe it can be stored away for a Saturday, eh team? :)
Not a bad Sunday. Frannie takes over tomorrow. I'll see you in a couple weeks.