Performers entertain global audience during coronavirus pandemic

Performers entertain worldwide audience
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Last Updated Apr 6, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

Montclair, New Jersey — Half the world's population is now under orders to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. That's a hardship for many — but for some, it's an opportunity to show off their talents to a global audience. 

In New Zealand, Jack Buchanan came up with family lockdown boogie.

Family Lockdown Boogie by Jack Buchanan on YouTube

In this battle against an enemy we can't see, we are using the weapon of what we can hear. People are not letting the need to stay apart keep them from creating soul-soothing sounds together.

One unassuming British family shook off the familiar lockdown squabbling by rewriting the lyrics to the classic song "One Day More" from "Les Miserables" and became the royal family of Quarantunes.

UPDATE ON 5 APRIL: if you like this video, and feel able, please contribute to the charity that we are donating all our revenue to, which is the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Fund: Facebook will match what you give. You can find a post about our response to our 'One Day More' video going viral, and another family musical number on my Facebook feed above (or here: ORIGINAL MESSAGE ON 29 MARCH: This is the last one we are going to do on a lockdown theme, but it felt very apt. And it might be just in time to cheer up some friends and family who have had - or are about to have - birthdays, all by themselves. Decided to include a bit of the intro so that you can see what kind of madness Danielle Marsh and I would be dealing with, if we didn't occupy them with music making...Hope everyone out there is doing okay.

Posted by Ben Marsh on Sunday, March 29, 2020

The music is sparking social-distance dance parties as well, from Wales to the Greek Islands to Africa, in families from sorority sisters to fathers and grown-up sons.

They are all discovering there is no better way to demonstrate resilience than by shaking off the COVID-19 cabin fever, one TikTok challenge at a time.

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