Abi Bernard '19, at work on her keyboard.

No Idle Hands: Mourning and Memorializing Through Music

“There are so many things I’m disappointed and sad that didn’t happen because of a virus. The list is too long to name honestly.” Over the phone, she pauses in quiet remembrance of the commencements, weddings and events that never came to pass. “But this suffering isn’t being wasted. And I can show I have hope through music.”

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Passenger and the Beauty of Live Streams

Even for those unfamiliar with his more recent music, watching a performance with thousands of other people is a type of social connection that most people would appreciate in the face of isolation — I know I do.

Bertolt Brecht, Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

YANDAVA | The Music-Makers

Although music and art don’t have magical healing powers (I’m the sort of person who tends to frown upon the sometimes simplistic view of art as therapy), I have often found that they unblock emotions that the grind of daily life forces me to suppress out of the necessity to function in the world.