In these unprecedented times, it is so easy to feel disconnected from those around you. Not being able to spend time with loved ones and enjoy the world has been a hard thing for all of us to get used to. However, something that has stayed constant is music. And although we may not be able to go out to a concert or a festival, the meaning of music stays the same.
Music has this magical power that can bring people together no matter race, religion, or country. It is such a universal language and can allow you to connect with people all over the world. And now more than ever do we find ourselves hanging on to anything that gets us connected to one another. Music bonds us and brings us closer regardless of if the world stands still right now. On one end, it is healing for us to listen to songs that get us through difficult times and can also be a mood booster when we are listening to our favourite songs.
Musicians from all over the world, from all different genres like DJ D-Nice, John Legend or H.E.R are finding themselves with more time to connect with their fans over Instagram by periodically going live. These IG lives are such a great way to interact with the fans and also to do something that they can’t do; perform their music in public. Though you may think they are just singing to their phones, it can really brighten up a fan’s day to see their favourite artist doing something that they both mutually love.
Various platforms like Global Citizen and Warner Music Group have put together different live events that allowed music lovers and fans everywhere to watch and relive some of their favourite artist’s performances.
Last month, Global Citizen hosted a bunch of IG lives with artists as they performed their songs and covers while also bringing awareness to the organization. This then led to the ‘One World: Together at Home’ live event that was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert. It featured some superstars like Elton John and Lady Gaga. The broadcasting event raised over $127 million, which would go towards different response funds and local/regional responders. Warner Music Group put together a 4-day online festival called the ‘Play On Fest’. Emphasizing that music is not cancelled. Here at home, a TV event called, ‘Stronger Together’ was put on to share stories of hope and inspiration as we acknowledge our frontline workers here in Canada. The event included Canadian royalty like Celine Dion, Eugene Levy, and Drake. It raised over $8 million for Food Banks Canada and featured a touching performance of ‘Lean on Me’ with some of Canada’s favourite artists.
These different virtual events have been an amazing way to stay connected to your favourite artists and listen to the music you love. Music is a shared experience. It thrives off of getting together with your friends to go to concerts or listen to new albums. Although we can’t physically do this, with the help of Zoom or FaceTime, you can easily get together online with some friends and do virtual listening parties or watch these festivals and IG lives together. Just because we can’t be with one another in person, doesn’t mean that we have to miss out on these experiences.
If you are looking for more music events like this, Covenant House, a charity that provides housing, food, and healthcare to youth facing homelessness, in collaboration with Hollywood and Broadway stars, are putting together an event in support and celebration of the organization and the frontline workers. Hosted by Audra McDonald and John Dickerson with guest and performance appearances by Jon Bon Jovi, Meryl Streep, Covenant House youth, and so many more. You can catch this special on Monday, May 18 at 8 pm ET. The event will be streaming on Broadway on Demand, iHeartRadio Broadway, Facebook, and YouTube. For more details visit www.covenanthouse.org.
Though we may not know when life will return to normal, what we do know is that music will always be here and will connect and carry us through anything.