Bohemian (Virus) Rhapsody Spreads

These Bohemian Rhapsody Coronavirus parodies have had me humming Bohemian Rhapsody for the past week. I love Queen, there is no doubt that Freddy Mercury and his band were performers in a class of their own. Of course, Bohemian Rhapsody is right up there as a favorite song. It has become the basis for many of the new genre of songs related to the Coronavirus. Just for fun, and here are a few of the renditions out there.

Whether you are a fan of Mr. Trump or not, this is a masterpiece of mixing and dubbing.

This is a really fun rendition which was recorded for fun in isolation by members of Phoenix Chamber Choir from Vancouver, BC, Canada in March of 2020.

  • Lyrics: Dana Jay Bein (slightly adapted)
  • Original Music: Freddie Mercury
  • Arrangement: adapted from Rockapella by Carolyn Shiau
  • Editing: Carolyn Shiau and Vaughn Chauvin
  • Mixing: Tom Metzgers

Thank U Frontline: An Anthem of Gratitude

The Corona Virus has sparked a lot of great videos that not only showcase talent but provide for some comic relief in these days that bring headlines and news that is disturbing and depressing. We all appreciate those in the frontline, people that still have to go to work to take care of our needs and the needs of those we love. Thank U Frontline, by Chris Mann, is both entertaining and touching. It is a beautiful expression of gratitude to those that are in the trenches fighting the battle against Covid19.

Thank U Frontline

Chris Mann
(based on “Thank U” by Alanis Morissette)

How ’bout taking a moment to thank the frontline
How ’bout thinking of others who can’t stay home
How ’bout fighting to get these workers protection
How ’bout standing up for the ones we love

Thank you doctors
Thank you nurses
Thanks for working the frontline
Thank you scientists
Thank you pharmacists
Thanks for working overtime

How ’bout reigning it in for the bigger picture
How ’bout putting another before yourself
How ’bout appreciating what we took for granted (Everything)
How ’bout slow clapping those who are soldiering on, ey

Thank you Amazon
Thank you grocery clerks
Thank you all-night truck drivers
Thank you janitors
Thanks mail carriers
Thank you selfless volunteers

The moment we can all buckle down
The sooner the moment this all will be over
There’s so many ways to help out
Let us start by giving thanks

To everyone who’s sick we’re sending you love
To everyone who’s struggling, I feel you (I so do)
How ’bout governing without all the politics
How’ bout working together for the greater good

Thank you garbage men
Teachers holding class online
Thank you companies
changing strategies
To make more medical supplies

Factory workers
First responders
Civil service employees
Thank you farmers
Thank you journalists
Thank you military
Bless the unemployed
The house workers
And the work-at-home parents

Thank you, thank you

Kermit the Frog’s Rainbow Connection – Happy Songs

Sometimes you just need something to lift you up – to put you in one of those light-hearted moods that were the earmarks of childhood.  Nobody can do that better than Kermit the Frog and the words and music of Paul Williams’  The Rainbow Connection. I happen to be a big fan of Kermie and Paul Williams, who has earned my respect after I recently watched Paul Williams Still Alivewhich I found to be very inspirational in and of itself. Naturally the Rainbow Connection touches all of us in different ways, but one thing that can probably be be said about it almost universally is that it will lift your spirits.

Without Music, Life Would Be a Mistake

Music is indeed one of the most beautiful things in life – no matter how young or old we are we all respond to music.  It doesn’t matter what the genre or style is – music evokes emotions, memories, thought, it can lift you up or bring you down.

Children respond to music from infancy, some say from in the womb.  Children move to the beat of the music, get excited or relaxed based on the music from the time they are born or perhaps before.

Music enhances learning and memory. Music is a great way to remember things from the ABCs to the Chemical tables.  The beat, the tune, the words make it much easier to learn facts and figures.

Music helps improve attention skills. Music is attention-getting, the right kind of music can affect people’s behaviour and increase their attention span.

Music appreciation is wired into our brains.  Humans respond to music, whether it is the beating of the drums or a Mozart concerto, we respond to music – it is primordial.

Music enhances social experiences. We bond through music, song and dance are part of every culture dating back as far as we can track human behaviour.  It is part of almost every celebration known to man.

Music is predictable and structured so our brains respond positively.  Our brains like predictability and structure so we respond positively to music.

Music evokes emotions. Music can tap into every emotion known to man, it can make us happy, sad, angry, loving – different music, different songs, evoke different emotions.

Music evokes memories.  Music is great for evoking memories and stimulating talk about those memories.

Our bodies react to music.  We naturally move to the rhythm of music, it stimulates and encourages exercise and movement. When a song really moves us, the heart actually can speed up or stress can be reduced having a positive effect on body and mind.

So start humming, turn up the tunes, listen to your old favorites and check out some new ones!


Music Enhances Life and Love

Songs can touch your heart in many ways.  They can make you happy or sad.  They can energize you or calm you.  We all have special love songs that we share with those we love today and those we have loved.  Music talks to us, the lyrics and melody can express for us feelings that perhaps we cannot express as well ourselves. Listening to music can improve moods and verbal IQ, treat heart disease and stress, stimulate activity, thoughts and emotions, and aid in communication.  Music can evoke feelings of love, spirituality, happiness, sadness, tenderness, and joy.  It can provide solace in times of sorrow and company in times of solitude.  Sometimes it can even be orgasmic.

  1. Born to Dance – Music affects even infants as they move to the beat of the music and dancing releases endorphins and other feel-good chemicals in your body as well as providing a valid form of exercise.
  2. Improve your Brain – Studies have shown that certain music stimulates the brain, for example, listening to Mozart and other classical composers improved the test averages of students taking college entrance exams. Musical training also enhances verbal skills and visual abilities.
  3. Be more Colourful – Music evokes colours in our minds – embrace the colour of music
  4. Feel the Music – Certain music has strong experiential effects on people that are emotionally open to new experiences, to the extent that it can actually make us laugh, cry, feel chills, breath more deeply or move in different ways.
  5. Sing out Loud – Singing is good for you, whether you do it in the shower or on a stage, whether you are tone-deaf or pitch-perfect. It is a valid release for emotions both negative and positive and can increase cognitive memory skills.  Singing with others increases interaction, satisfaction, and happiness in relationships bringing people closer together.
  6. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Upbeat music makes us happier, participating in the music, knowing the words, dancing, singing along, immersing ourselves in it, can give us the power to be happier.
  7. Don’t Stress Out – Listening to music can reduce stress and anxiety and lower blood pressure!
  8. Sing the Blues – Sad music helps us deal with negative and positive emotions, it provides a mechanism for emotional release that provides some cognitive distance as well as helping resolve issues that we may not otherwise be able to voice.
  9. If You Just Smile – Facial expressions change when people are listening to music, your face projects the mood of the music you are listening to as do the faces of others. It can lift peoples’ moods and increase empathy and social awareness


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