Although we are apart from our friends, family, and loved ones, we can still find ways to come together. Thousands of people around the world are uploading videos of themselves singing for their loved ones across YouTube, and Twitter, using the #wereallinthistogether and #quarantineserenades.
Celebrities such as Erykah Badu and Anthony Hamilton have been hosting virtual concerts.
In Northern Virginia, Laurie Nelson, a local opera singer and local voice coach, owner of a performing and visual arts company, NM Productions wanted to provide her students with an artistic outlet. Leading to the quarantine serenades, creative videos of Nelson’s students putting on musical performances across YouTube and inspiring others to make their own videos and productions of themselves singing and performing for a virtual audience.
Maryland teen, Samuel Moritzkats serenaded his music-loving, 87-year-old grandmother from outside her assisted living facility as she remained quarantined for the past few weeks.
Irit Stark, an Israeli opera singer who serenaded her father, who was in quarantine, with an improvised performance of “Habanera” from Bizet’s “Carmen” back in March.
Plus, there are benefits to letting out a tune, according to Sing Up Foundation singing can:
- Relieve stress and tension
- Boost confidence
- Improve social bonding
- Strengthen the immune system
- Improve breathing
- Helps individual suffering from chronic pain
As humans, we seek out a way to connect when we are disconnected, and music can be the best universal connector there is.
Cory Nunnally is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland. Her love for writing stemmed from reading fiction when she was a kid. Cory enjoys writing short stories, poetry, and articles about mental health and celebrating local events.