Yo-Yo Ma's #SongsOfComfort: a response to "social distancing"


As more and more people around the globe grow panicked, music continues to bring people together.


The COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow exponentially. Quarantine and "social distancing" have become the most effective way to prevent the spread of the disease. People all over the world are removing themselves from society. Whether the choice was government mandated or of their own free will, there has been a negative response. Disconnecting from the 21st century is both the easiest and the hardest it has ever been. While this day and age allows for constant contact with the outside world via social media and the internet, it has also allowed to almost limitless travel and experience. These perks have come to an end, leaving many people to focus all their attention on a seemingly halted world.


Cheer up!


The musicians of the internet are using there talents in the only way they know how. World renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma started a trend last Friday (3/13) to help people through this difficult time. In a recent interview, he tells PBS News Hours that "music has always been comforting to [him]." Yo-Yo Ma's #SongsOfComfort can be found on his Facebook page and YouTube Channel.




Several other artists have joined the cause. Grammy Award winner, James Taylor added his own song to the collection.






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