Music as a way to express ourselves and our emotions can also be like a bridge that unites and connects people who are otherwise isolated. The power of music and songs can address loneliness and desperation especially at this time when people are physically cut off from other people while under community quarantine.
As musician Keith Richards said, “Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones”, songs can breathe life into people’s lives.
Good News Pilipinas recommends these 8 songs for you to listen to during lockdown, music that will surely bring you hope, positivity, courage, inspiration, and motivation while staying at home to be safe from the coronavirus disease.
Stand By Me
Asia’s Pop Diva Julie Anne San Jose’s acapella cover of Stand By Me is inspiring people and netizens in the Philippines now under quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
The YouTube music video shows Julie Anne San Jose in four screens, as one of her versions was singing the song, the other three were providing the music and backup. YouTubers were wowed by Julie Anne San Jose’s acapella rendition.
LISTEN to Julie Anne San Jose sing “Stand By Me”
Heal Our Land
Singer-composer Jamie Rivera sang a new version of her inspirational hit song, “Heal Our Land”. In the video, the Inspirational Diva of the Philippines reminded Filipinos of the power of prayer at this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If my people will humble themselves
Humble themselves and pray
If they seek my face and humble themselves
And turn from their wicked ways
“I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins
I will hear from heaven and heal their land”
The first two stanzas of the song are taken from the response of the Lord to Solomon, which can be found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 of the Holy Bible.
LISTEN to Jamie Rivera’s “Heal Our Land”
The Lord Is Our Savior
Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez and husband singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid sang a duet of the “The Lord Is Our Savior” while under quarantine in their home, as an offering to people affected by the pandemic.
LISTEN to Regine and Ogie sing “The Lord Is Our Savior”
Heal The World
Marcelito Pomoy sang a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Heal The World” as a prayer offering. The Filipino singer who gained world fame with his multiple singing voices dedicated the song to the world and as a healing song for COVID-19 victims. Actress Yasmien Kurdi’s 7-year-old daughter Ayesha Zara also sang a version dedicated to the world.
LISTEN to Marcelito Pomoy sing “Heal The World”
University of the Philippines (UP) doctors singing the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Hymn is in a new video released to inspire their fellow frontliners in the fight against COVID-19. The PGH, a designated COVID-19 referral center, is in the center of efforts to fight the pandemic. A number of doctors, nurses, and health workers have succumbed to the disease and the PGH Hymn acts like a battle cry for the health sector to keep fighting.
LISTEN to UP College of Medicine Choir sing the PGH Hymn
Take Me Out Of The Dark
Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano made a home studio recording of his OPM classic, “Take Me Out Of The Dark” as a prayerful song in the midst of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
LISTEN to Gary Valenciano sing “Take Me Out of the Dark”
Lead Me Lord
Arnel de Pano’s composition is now made an anthem for COVID-19 patients. “Lead Me Lord” was sung by a medical team as De Pano was cleared from COVID-19 infection. Touched by the gesture, De Pano in return, prayed for them.
A group of teachers and principals from the Department of Education (DepEd) Misamis Occidental division got together online to sing a cover of the Filipino inspirational song, “Lead Me Lord”, to inspire people affected by the lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic.
LISTEN to DepEd teachers sing “Lead Me Lord”
We Heal As One
OPM stars came together online to perform “We Heal As One”, a remake of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) anthem, to call for unity amidst the health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
LISTEN to OPM Artists sing “We Heal As One”
More inspiring songs are presented by veteran broadcaster Noel Ferrer in a new show aired on Radyo Katipunan and Inquirer Television titled “Level Up Quarantunes” musical capsules that use the power of music for healing. The songs are featured by the Good News Angel on Good News Pilipinas Live @PinoySeoul Radio Online every day.
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