In times of anxiety and stress, musicians still find ways to share their innovations and good humor. This article looks at five ways musicians keep on inspiring the world, even with the limitations imposed by the virus.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: theconversation.com
From heartwarming sing-together songs from apartment balconies, to musical creation using Zoom, to amusing parodies, the virus did not take away artists’ inspiration. Although the industry of music was seriously hit, musicians are still demonstrating innovative answers to Covid-19 to support the morale of the population. Here are five of the different ways in which musicians have reacted.
Songs-writers reflect about the situation
Many writers made the Covid-19 situation into the theme of their songs. For example, The Rolling Stones released “Living in a Ghost Town,” their first original material since 2012. Although it was drawn from a recording session they did back in 2019, the lyrics were changed and adapted to the feeling that the deserted streets gave them. Pop stars Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber also collaborated to give us “Stuck With U,” which reached number 1 on Billboard Hot 100. Twenty One Pilots released “Level Of Concern,” and maybe you have also heard Johnny Orlando’s single “See You.” “Coronavirus” by Cardi B, remixed by iMarkeyz, topped the chart in Brazil and Egypt, and the TikTok song “It’s Corona Time” also spread across social medias for a while. In “Viral Counterpoint of the Coronavirus Spike Protein,” the scientist Markus J. Buehler directly translated the structure of the Covid-19 protein into music.
Performers keep the world in a good mood
Some artists decided to gift us with humorous answers to Covid-19 – encouraging the world to respect safety measures while being a good mood. Randy Newman delights us with “Stay away!”, a piece situated half-way between a love song and a public announcement to wash your hands. YouTuber Chris Mann created several song parodies, such as “Hello (from the Inside),” a parody of Adele, and “My Corona,” a parody of “My Sharona” by the Knacks.
Social distancing doesn’t mean being alone!
One thing is certain: collaborative answers to Covid-19 flourish online and in-person whenever they are shared with others. Italian citizens have improvised concerts from their balconies. The British Veteran Colonel Tom Moore with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir made a lovely cover of the ‘60s song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” using Zoom. The group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down also used Zoom very creatively in their music video for their song “Phenom.”
You can share music
No need to be a musician! You can share music with the 30-day challenge on Instagram or discover music through the nightly listening that Tim Burgess organizes on Twitter. And by sharing your favorite artists, you help them in those difficult financial times!
A lot of livestreams have been organized – Together at Home, iHeart Living Room Concert for America, etc. Charity concerts have a long history, going back as far as the 18th century – but now, we have even had a livestream of Travis Scott singing in the video game Fortnite!
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