People sing from the balcony amid blockade days because Covid-19 is part of a long tradition of using music against fear. Nestled behind locked doors, no one could hear the footsteps of Milan’s cobbled streets. Strict quarantine orders are in effect and all commercial and community activities disappear.
The resemblance to the current pandemic is striking. People in Italy, Spain and around the world have used music to connect their communities on an impressive scale. There are videos of concerts on the balcony.
That’s where the artists perform for the people in the quarantine area – spreading rapidly. They cover Nessun Dorma, Valerie, Imagine, and the song that penetrates the soul of Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi.
During the plague, a Milan trumpeter blew a moving version of O Mia Bela Madunina. It is the hymn of the city, dedicated to the statue of Our Lady atop the church of Il Doumo.
The recent campaign of applause for anti-Covid-19 doctors in the UK is another example. In the meantime, it doesn’t matter if you’re an artist or not. Music has been considered a tool for healing and social cohesion between dangerous plagues.
Professor Remi Chiu also thinks that music is a powerful tool for overcoming ego during social isolation. Of course, talking about humor now seems unbelievable. But there is no reason to eliminate music.
Dr Chris Macklin wrote: “Music is not a luxury during the epidemic crisis. It is an essential.” Now, as we lead a fuller life of technology, science and global identity, music becomes more valuable. And it’s needed – more than ever.
Music is a science that requires people to laugh, sing and dance. It does not care about melancholy nor is it for sad people.
Patients are encouraged to create and research art, make fun of friends and play musical instruments. That was by energy from these activities will trigger humours.