Now is the time when artists must go to work
The job of our writers and musicians as the Covid-19 pandemic spreads is not to lament our despair, but to lead us in finding ways to cope and heal
On St Patrick’s Day at midday, Irish people went outside their front doors to sing Oró Sé do Bheatha ’Bhaile. Some wits suggested it would have been more appropriate to sing Molly Malone, for “she died of a fever”.
In Italy, the people are singing nightly from their balconies. Our social media feeds are full of spontaneous performances staged to keep people’s spirits up, such as the children...
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