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Coronavirus: Violinists Recreate Titanic Hymn Near Empty Toilet Paper Aisles

Feels just as dreary as it did in 1997

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In troubling times like these, it’s difficult to find something to laugh at. However, there are some artists who go out of their way to bring a smile on everyone’s face. A couple of violinists did that, in front of empty toilet paper aisles in midst of a Coronavirus pandemic. But the best part is, they did it with the infamous hymn ‘Nearer My God To Thee’ from the Titanic.

Titanic-like scenes, but in shopping aisles

We live in a very challenging time. So, a couple of violinists named Bonnie Von Duyke and Emer Kinsella decided why not give people something to laugh at? And that’s what they did. The two of them played the infamous hymn from the Titanic in front of empty toilet paper aisles. Needless to say, it went viral and it looked insane. The violinists ended it with the dialogues from the film:

Gentlemen, it has been a privilege playing with you tonight.

The two took it so seriously that they even wore tuxedos and life jackets. And to make it look even perfect for the situation, they shot it right beside toilet paper aisles. After all, toilet papers are the second biggest casualty of Coronavirus, right after humans themselves.

Interview on the BBC

This video went so viral, that even the BBC took notice. The two violinists also gave an interview to the channel and said:

It really felt like we’re all on a sinking ship and it just kind of made me think of the Titanic

She also said:

Maybe we’ll give other people hope and a laugh where I feel like, at this point, I’m about to cry.

Moreover, they also raised awareness over how difficult it has been for freelancing artists in these times. Being a freelance artist herself, Bonnie Von Duyke wrote:

“Many musicians and freelancers are losing work at this time. Concerts and events are being cancelled right and left. Being a freelance artist myself, I’m not giving up and I want viewers to be aware of my services during this social distancing time.”

Now, we should mention that this hymn is far older than the Titanic. And by the Titanic, we mean the film as well as the actual ship, as it was written way back in 1841. Now that we have that out of our systems, let’s talk about the issue at hand here – COVID-19.

How long will toilet paper aisles be empty?

CoronaVirus: Violinists Recreate Titanic Hymn Near Empty Toilet Paper Aisles
Empty toilet paper aisles in Canada | Wikimedia Commons

The COVID-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) pandemic (or just Coronavirus or COVID-19) has shaken up everything in our lives. Yes, the violinists gave us a good laugh at the Titanic, but the situation is quite bad. The world is hell-bent on looking for a vaccine. But, until then, we have to make do with social distancing.

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