Music becomes a lifeline for millions
The brilliant Buffalo-based rapper A.I. The Anomaly has enjoyed many successes with hits like "Oubliette" and "Miss Me", but she has also faced many struggles in her life.
In a past interview, she talked about how music and art were important outlets for her as a child. They helped her to express her emotions during her difficult upbringing.
She said, “As I developed throughout school years I learned about music, theatre, photography, film, and all of these different tools allowed me to gain my voice.”
Having said that, it's no surprise that millions of people have turned to music as a source of entertainment and inspiration during this challenging period of isolation.
Whether it be dance, poetry, or music, find your voice.
A.I. recommends, “Whether it be dance, poetry, or music, find your voice. Hopefully that will allow you to cope. It’s not going to erase the feelings. It’s not going to take away your problems, but it could alleviate it for a moment.”
It seems people have been doing exactly that in lockdown.
According to a report done by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), people are using this time to learn and develop new skills in music.
Playing one or more instruments from home is helping people of all ages feel more enthusiastic during lockdown. They’re even branching out into new genres and broadening their musical horizons, with the most popular instruments being the guitar, the piano, and the drums.
People turned to music to help them get through the day.
James Williams, Managing Director of RPO commented, “It is also important to note that during the darkest hours of the coronavirus pandemic, people turned to music to help them get through the day, to engage in positive activities in the home and to support their mental health and wellbeing.”
The RPO Resound programme has grown to become the most innovative and respected orchestral community and education programme in the UK and internationally.