There is no requirement that our time in quarantine must be silent, and isn’t. We have cultivated new routines and rhythms to keep us in harmony while we distance ourselves. From sunrise to sunset, our house is filled with music. Sometimes we sing along, sometimes dance, sometimes just listen. We’ve even made our own instruments. All of it has filled our house with the sounds of quarantine.
Our morning sounds begin lighthearted. As I make breakfast, my son catches love bugs outside with his dad. Meanwhile the kitchen is filled with Raffi’s tender tones.
Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow, back to my home, For if I do, my mother will say, “Did you ever see a whale with a polka dot tail?” Down by the bay. Raffi, Down By The Bay.
As the day trickles along, with yesterday blending into today, the sounds of quarantine adapt with the mood. This is all temporary and we are strong enough to handle it.
Stronger than yesterday, Now it’s nothing but my way, My loneliness ain’t killing me no more, I, I’m stronger. Britney Spears, Stronger.
Sometimes the sounds of quarantine are tense, as I struggle to keep the household running and balanced, teach my son his letters, cook, clean, and care for our three dogs while my husband works. The sounds of quarantine resemble expletives more than the Raffi song that began the day.
It’s then I turn to more emotional sounds to get us through. Music can make you feel so many different ways, including empowered. Now more than ever, we need that extra bit of motivation to make it through the isolation. We are more resilient than we know. We just need to believe.
This is my fight song, take back my life song, prove I’m alright song. Starting right now I’ll be strong. I’ll play my fight song. And I don’t really care if nobody else believes, ‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me. Rachel Platten, Fight Song.
It’s around this time of the day where a mood shift is needed, that only one thing can fix, dancing. From Lady Gaga to Raffi to Flashdance, if it has a beat my son is ready to dance and what kind of mother would I be if I didn’t join in? Dancing acts as a protective barrier from the negative energy that comes with Covid-19. It’s easy to forget the outside turmoil as you are boogieing down with a three year old. So why not a little Saturday Night Fever to rejuvenate the day?
Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother, You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive, Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’, And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive, Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive. Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive. Bee Gees, Stayin’ Alive.
The late afternoons are the longest in quarantine, what seems like minutes are really hours, and it makes me wonder if tomorrow will really ever come. It’s a good time to listen to a song that will take my mind off the present, perhaps back to a moment, or a nostalgic time period. Sade still takes me back to my wedding day, just like Nelly zips me right back to being 16 driving in my high school parking lot. But even though I may think I want to be out and about roaming around town with my son, I’m in an important moment. There could be a reason we are learning to slow down and live in our homes, without distraction. A reason that’s right in front of us, a lesson that it’s time to refocus our lives on our family and ourselves, without distraction.
Sometimes I thank God For unanswered prayers, Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs that just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care, ’cause some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. Garth Brooks, Unanswered Prayers.
Music is such a large part of our lives, and we rely on it. We aren’t musicians and we don’t play instruments. But it doesn’t matter, we still reap the benefits that the art of music has to teach us and offer. It keeps us sane, particularly while we distance ourselves, music connects us. It keeps us human, making us feel all sorts of emotions, from happy to sad, to relaxed and nostalgic. As we create our own sounds of quarantine, we don’t realize it but we are creating our own time capsule of this unprecedented historical moment. One day we will hear a song, and it will remind us of the rhythms of quarantine that carried us through.
All this time at home, why not try some Manuka Honey? Five Reasons You Should Try Three Peaks Manuka Honey.