Right now, the best way we can help resolve this global pandemic is to stay in our homes, away from other people. But it’s only been a few weeks, and we might be in for quite a few more, and people are starting to get a bit stir crazy. I know I am. I’m an extrovert, I need stimulation, I need activities, I need…art!
Art, from music to books to paintings, is an essential aspect of our humanity, and although the arts have been pretty much ignored and written off as “useless” for the last few years, they are making one hell of a comeback now. We rely on the arts to keep us sane in our daily lives, we just don’t really notice it when everything is going smoothly. It turns out, if you shut down society and stick people in their homes for weeks on end, then that need for art becomes much more apparent.
Some art, like writing and video games, is easily distributed via the internet, but other forms of art, like theater or dance, is a lot harder to do when gatherings over 10 people are prohibited.
Well, it might be harder, but it turns out it isn’t impossible.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra made that clear when they released a very unique version of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” on YouTube this week. Each player performed their part at home, sent the videos to their Principal double bass, Jeff Beecher, who then put them all together to create a magical experience available from your living room.
Enjoy the amazing video below, I hope it brightens your day as much as it has brightened mine.