AUDIO | With constraints on our movements and general way of life becoming more and more restricted, we are feeling a loss of control not experienced since the second world war. In being confined to our homes, we are missing our normal social support from friends and family, and our freedom to control our day-to-day lives. But making music provides a means to regain control.  Read the rest of this article at The Conversation…

Music creates a sense of belonging and participation. It is an antidote to the growing sense of alienation and isolation in society in general – even more so now we are being asked to actively practise social distancing and isolation. Social distancing and geographical isolation do not have to result in social isolation. In the face of uncertainty and panic, music is a social balm for soothing anxiety, enhancing community connections and acting in defiance of a threat to community spirit.  — Michelle Langley & Leah Coutts, “Singing away the coronavirus blues: making music in a time of crisis reminds us we belong”, The Conversation (March 24, 2020)

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