Communities around the world have turned to music during the coronavirus crisis. From YouTube parodies to apartment block sing-a-longs, it can help maintain a sense of community. The origins of music and song are uncertain, though. 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.
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