Earlier this year I introduced Feel Good Friday, an occasional feature where I share a story or a roundup of resources intended to make you feel better about the world we’re living in. It’s fair to say we need that now.
The news is bleak. An increasing proportion of the world’s population is in self-isolation. Fear and anxiety are spreading like wildfire.
One of the great gifts of times of crisis is that they evoke the resilience of the human spirit and human creativity. Anyone can pick up a phone, film a short video, and post it online, instantly sharing some joy.
Musical parodies are wonderful for this. I love watching them and marveling in the creativity of the people who created them, and their dedication to filming and sharing their work.
Here’s a round-up of some of my favorites, in no particular order. All links to the original YouTube videos.
My Corona – a “viral” parody of My Sharona | A One Woman Band by Stephanie Forryan
There are so many parodies of My Sharona, but I love this one the most. Great lyrics and amazing energy in this video. It’s fun to sing along and dance to.
Shiny Happy Social Distancing by Stephanie and the Quarantines
Another one by Stephanie Forryan. I love the energy here and the lyrics.
The Coronavirus Lament by Randy Rainbow
If you’re not familiar with Randy Rainbow, prepare to settle in for a few hours while you binge watch his YouTube channel. The guy is a national treasure. His song parodies and fake news interviews are political satire at its best.
COVID 19 (Come on Eileen) by Sam Chaplin
Good lyrics. Nice piano playing. But what makes this laugh-worthy is the irony of the toilet paper rolls stacked around his space.
Social Distance by Randy Rainbow
One thing I love about Randy Rainbow is his ability to be completely campy with a straight face. I love this one.
Stay Home Vogue by Chris Mann
Chris Mann’s got all the moves for Vogue, smart lyrics that fit the cadence of the original lyrics, and a great voice. What could be better?
Hello (from the inside) by Chris Mann
What could be better than Stay Home Vogue? This.
Some parodies stick with you so much that the original song is forever changed in your mind. This parody of Adele’s Hello (from the other side) is one of them. It literally made me laugh out loud, for extended lengths of time.
U Can’t Touch This by Nick Savino
Great lyrics. Amazing sound effects. Apparently all created with cleaning products.
I want to Know What Day It Is by The Holderness Family
Without our regular schedules and routines, it’s easy to lose track of the days. If you’re starting to feel like all the days are blending together, and especially if you love the original Foreigner song, you’ll love this.