Music in the midst of the pandemic

"Filipino Artist Use Music as Tool to Spread Political Awareness During This Pandemic"

This Covid-19 has a dramatic influence on worldwide health of people. During December 2019, several nations have proclaimed national emergency in response to the public health emergency, imposing different lockdown restrictions on their communities to avoid spread of the virus. These restrictions were implemented in most countries in mid-March 2020, with many remaining quarantined till present. Bueza (2021) stated that Philippine government declared lockdown on March 15th, telling the citizens to stay at their homes, observe physical distancing, and close all the business and save those important to the country's food supplies.
Granados (2021) stated that inside this new normal of the pandemic, digitized creation and consumption of media are increasing. However, this is especially true for music. It's easier to digitally conceptualize, create, and produce material that is experienced in quick spurts, like as a music, than it is for other types of media, such as a film or a game. As a result of months of lockdowns, conflicted feelings, and loneliness for both musicians and listeners, development in music creation and consumption is rising.
It's about as difficult to discover somebody who doesn't listen to music as it is to meet someone that doesn't breathe. Music is universal. Almost everyone loves it. Music is appealing due to its strength. It has the ability to uplift the spirit or depress its emotions. It can be lovely, but it is not always. Listening to songs or participating actively in producing music, pairs or small groups, music has indeed been linked to psychological health, lower anxiety, decreased rates of depression, improved coping in people suffering from chronic disorders, and, in overall, higher subjective well-being (Daykin et al., 2018).
Filipino musicians attempt to show the suffering and frustrations of the marginalized and disabled Filipino using music, while also emphasizing the rampant corruption of those in government who profit from this pandemic. However, as Filipino musicians establish platforms for both expression and resistance practice in these turbulent times, Filipino musician have exhibited tenacity, wisdom, and ingenuity. Wherever they are lockdown throughout the globe, Filipino artists have deliberately turned to the internet, a vast place brimming with limitless potential, to understand of a notoriously risky national context and, more crucially, to convey their discontent.
The Filipino musicians issued a song entitled “A Divergent War: Songs for the Pandemic" through Ma-Yi Studios, their online streaming platform created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The creative team behind movement makes effective use of the social media and internet. With combination of music and poetry they created a work that embodies the realities of Filipino citizens against the Philippine government's enhanced community quarantine. According to the artist, the government's approach to the COVID-19 pandemic is severe, unfairly targets the poor while granting the military increased authority to crush any kinds of opposition.
As Aristotle (n.d) argued in his book entitled Politics “as music is one of those things which are pleasant, and as virtue itself consists in rightly enjoying, loving, and hating, it is evident that we ought not to learn or accustom ourselves to anything so much as to judge right and rejoice in honorable manners and noble actions. But anger and mildness, courage and modesty, and their contraries, as well as all other dispositions of the mind, are most naturally imitated by music and poetry, which is plain by experience, for when we hear these our very soul is altered.”