This post was written by Sarah Gudenau.
The media is saturated with negative coronavirus news, making it easy to feel overwhelmed by anxiety, dread, and fear. Many artists, actors, and companies are uniting online to change that narrative by sharing their talents, and spreading good news and positivity, connecting people staying at home. Here’s five positive ways to use media to keep you entertained and lift your spirit:
Concerts in the comfort of your own home…
- Lady Gaga, in partnership with the World Health Organization and Global Citizen, has organized a livestream concert called ‘One World: Together at Home.’ The virtual concert featured popular artists including Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Stevie Wonder, Kasey Musgraves, Elton John, Paul McCartney, and many more. The concert aired on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 at 8 p.m. EDT and it was broadcasted on ABC, NBC, CBS, Hulu+, YoutubeTV, and more networks. Click here to learn more
- Many artists are also turning to Instagram live to perform concerts and song requests for fans. Chris Martin from Coldplay put on a mini-concert in his home, followed the next day by John Legend with the help of his wife Chrissy Tiegan and their daughter Luna. Search #TogetherAtHome on Instagram!
- Where are my fellow musical theatre fans? While Broadway theaters are currently closed, audiences can still see some of their favorite musicals at home for free! In partnership with Universal, Andrew Lloyd Webber is sharing free broadcasts of some of his greatest musicals, including ‘Cats’ and ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’ A new show is broadcasted on the Youtube channel The Shows Must Go On! at 2 p.m. EDT on Fridays and the recordings are available for 48 hours. The channel also features recordings of performances of single songs and some behind-the-scenes clips.
A quarantine anthem to dance to
- The band Twenty One Pilots released a single titled ‘Level of Concern’ on April 9, 2020 with intent to bring hope to listeners during the pandemic with lyrics about the current global situation. The band is donating a portion of the proceeds of the song to the crew members of Live Nation Concerts who are currently out of work due to the cancellation of concerts. The music video shows how the band wrote and produced the song in their homes during self-isolation.
Some smile-inducing YouTube
- Actor John Krasinski has turned to YouTube to post uplifting stories on a new channel called SomeGoodNews. Clad in a suit (well, on top at least), Krasinski sits in his home in front of his daughters’ homemade sign sharing follower submissions of heartwarming acts and hosting interviews with guests such as his former colleague, Steve Carell, from ‘The Office.’
Feel-good Instagram accounts
- News companies are turning to Instagram to share positive news stories focusing on the good in the world. For heartfelt acts of kindness from strangers, reassuring acts of community, or some light-hearted humor, check out @tanksgoodnews, @goodnews_movement and @globalpositivenews!