CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 13 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 28.3.20
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Posted Sunday 30th March 2020
DAY 13 Saturday 28th March 2020
You’ll Never Walk Alone tops coronavirus ‘lockdown chart’
Having to self-isolate for what could be 12 weeks, or a year, hopefully no longer, is a big ask and quite stressful if you think about it too much. But music is one of the best soothers. Play music to get you through it, it calms the savage brow.
On Day 13 we finally gave in and had an Amazon Echo delivered. That’s right Alexa, bless her cotton socks, moved in with us, adding an extra dimension to our music, and life.
I already have over 50,000 tracks on my computer downloaded from my vinyl and CD collection. And Mamma knows the answers to almost all really need-to-know things in the world. But we felt the need to keep up. What better time than now to help us through self-isolation.
I’ve not written about music during our self-isolation much, so far. But it is a key ingredient to our lives. Music will provide a soundtrack to accompany us through self-isolation and make it tolerable. It well assist us to cope and create memories about Coronavirus for many years to come, assuming we come out the other side.
Over the next few days, I’m gonna put that right, starting with now!
What are other people listening to? My daughter sent me this article from the BBC website.
You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers has topped a chart of classic songs that are enjoying renewed popularity amid the coronavirus crisis.
The Official Charts Company’s “lockdown listening list” is based on the tunes that have seen the biggest increases in plays on streaming services this week.
You’ll Never Walk Alone was up 150% after dozens of radio stations came together to play it last Friday.
Tracks by Akon, Frank Ocean and The Police also featured in the top five.
The UK is tuning in to a mixture of “uplifting classics, ‘apocalyptic’ isolation songs and kids’ favourites”, the OCC said.
Akon takes two spots in the top five with his newly relevant hits Locked Up and Lonely.
The Police’s Don’t Stand So Close To Me is in third place, while Frank Ocean’s Lost is at number four.
Elsewhere, REM’s It’s the End of the World as We Know It is at eight, just behind John Lennon’s Imagine, which recently inspired Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot to co-ordinate a star-studded sing-along.
Official UK Charts Company’s Lockdown List 1-50
POS TITLE ARTIST
1 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS
2 LOCKED UP AKON
3 DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME POLICE
4 LOST FRANK OCEAN
5 LONELY AKON
6 MOVE YOUR FEET JUNIOR SENIOR
7 IMAGINE JOHN LENNON
8 IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT REM
9 REACH S CLUB 7
10 EVERYBODY HURTS REM
11 DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME GEORGE MICHAEL FT ELTON JOHN
12 THREE LITTLE BIRDS BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
13 BEST SONG EVER ONE DIRECTION
14 MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU STARDUST
15 WALKING ON A DREAM EMPIRE OF THE SUN
16 LOVE ON TOP BEYONCE
17 KISS PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION
18 SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) STEVIE WONDER
19 KING YEARS & YEARS
20 I AM YOUR GUMMY BEAR GUMMY BEAR
21 SUMMER CALVIN HARRIS
22 CLASSIC MKTO
23 CHEERLEADER (FELIX JAEHN REMIX) OMI
24 AXEL F CRAZY FROG
25 WHEN WILL MY LIFE BEGIN MANDY MOORE
26 GANGNAM STYLE PSY
27 ELECTRIC FEEL MGMT
28 NEW SHOES PAOLO NUTINI
29 TWIST AND SHOUT BEATLES
30 HAPPY PHARRELL WILLIAMS
31 PROUD MARY TINA TURNER
32 CALL ME MAYBE CARLY RAE JEPSEN
33 LET’S DANCE TO JOY DIVISION WOMBATS
34 I WANT TO BREAK FREE QUEEN
35 RIDIN’ SOLO JASON DERULO
36 THE LAZY SONG BRUNO MARS
37 STAYIN’ ALIVE BEE GEES
38 JAMMING BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
39 HIGH LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY
40 DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT TOPLOADER
41 CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT ERNIE SABELLA/JOSEPH WILLIAMS
42 JOLENE DOLLY PARTON
43 DIE YOUNG KESHA
44 A-PUNK VAMPIRE WEEKEND
45 KISS YOU ONE DIRECTION
46 IS THIS LOVE BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
47 COULD YOU BE LOVED BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
48 U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC HAMMER
49 TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS JOHN DENVER
50 9 TO 5 DOLLY PARTON
The Official Charts Company used Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other services to track the fastest-growing catalogue songs this week.
You’ll Never Walk Alone originally featured in the 1945 stage musical Carousel, before Gerry and the Pacemakers’ Merseybeat cover version topped the UK chart in 1963.
This week’s popular children’s songs include I Am Your Gummy Bear by German cartoon character Gummy Bear, and Disney soundtrack songs like Under the Sea and Hakuna Matata, from The Little Mermaid and The Lion King respectively.
Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot said: “The music that we are listening to reflects how we are all coping in different ways – using it to lift our spirits, give us a laugh or bring us together with our families.”
However, figures released earlier this week suggested use of music-streaming apps had declined during the pandemic while radio listening has increased, as fewer people commute and more stay at home.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
Happiness is…listening to your favourite music
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
– A man who mixes poison ivy with a four-leaf clover will have rash of good luck.
Love is… Knowing you will be loved until the end of time.
TRACK OF THE ISOLATION DAY
- You'll Never Walk Alone Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:40
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