Spring has sprung — the vernal equinox is upon us, and it’s even earlier than it has been in over a hundred years. Here’s a story from CNN about that being the case.
This is the earliest arrival of spring equinox in 124 years (Forrest Brown, CNN)
This would normally be an occasion for cheering here in the northerly parts of the northern hemisphere, but not so much this year. Things are feeling increasingly dark despite the promise of an imminent increase in daylight, warmth and greenery.
Of course, that’s not just true around here — things are looking dark everywhere in the world. However, there’s an apt reminder in this well known quote.
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light.” -― J. K. Rowling via Albus Dumbledore
There was a plot related reason for light being the suggested cure for darkness in the Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban book/movie, but in real life, music seems to work pretty well, too.
For example, in Boston, in addition to the havoc that the COVID-19 virus is wreaking, the beloved St. Patrick’s Day Parade was canceled, and Tom Brady also announced that he’s leaving the Patriots on St. Patrick’s Day.
As Jimmy Fallon put it, “Yikes. For Boston, that’s like getting dumped on your birthday.”
Still, in the midst of all of that, the Dropkick Murphys could be heard blaring from many Bostonian’s speakers because the band decided to stream their traditional St. Patrick’s Day concert live. Here’s their promo for the concert, and the entire concert is also still available on YouTube. (Let’s ignore the questionable choice to hold the concert.)
Of course, the problems in Boston pale in comparison to those in Italy!
Yet, even in the face of what’s going on there, music has been curing a bit of the darkness. Here’s a video from The Guardian that shows how Italian’s are playing music and singing from their windows, balconies and rooftops (along with other examples of some ways that people are generating light in the darkness around Italy and in other places).
U2’s Bono also generated a bit of musical light by sharing a new song on the band’s Instagram account Tuesday night, and he dedicated it to the doctors, nurses, carers on the front line.
That video reminded me of this great 360° video of U2 performing Song for Someone. Don’t forget to look around to see all of the band and get the full impact of the video.
If getting lost in immersive 360° videos like that one strikes you as a good way to spend some time while participating in whatever level of social distancing that you’re doing, then perhaps you will enjoy (re)visiting the earlier posts about U2, Elton John, Paul McCartney and the Beatles and/or Coldplay. The 360+Fun=Philharmonics and Musical Mischief posts are good for a bit of fun too.
Then there are the hours and hours of performances by your favorite musicians a simple YouTube search away.
Better still, you could take a lesson from the Italians and make some music of your own to generate a bit of light in the darkness.
Sing Loud & Stay Well!
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