This, too, shall pass.
When tragedy and hardship strike the Earth, it can feel like normal, peaceful times are lost to us forever. The future becomes clouded, and nobody has a clear idea of what the world will be like, even assuming things return to some semblance of normal at some point. With so many people stuck inside their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world can start to feel exponentially smaller. Some people are okay at living like that for a long period of time; I have friends who only need a an hour of social interaction and then they’re set for a few weeks. But for a lot of us, it can feel lonely, almost hopeless. But remember this: in the previous hardships of the world, things did, eventually, return to normal. As long as you’re alive and well, tomorrow will always come, and soon enough, better days will follow.
Speaking of better days, if you’re familiar with the band OneRepublic, you may have heard their song “Better Days” recently. It’s a lovely piece of music, reminding us that hope is never truly gone from our hearts. In addition to just being a nice, uplifting song, it also prompted a lot of charity work from around the world. In fact, one particular group has so much hope in their hearts, they just had to let the rest of the world know. Better Days TV is a social media community spanning the entire world made up of those who refuse to surrender their hope for tomorrow to the shadow of the pandemic.
Better Days TV’s membership includes both famous personalities and average joes from all countries and all walks of life. In an effort to spread some good cheer, as well as raise awareness for OneRepublic’s fundraising efforts for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, Better Days TV assembled several of those members to create a musical presentation about what they stand for. The presentation shows pictures of Better Days TV’s various members and supporters and their families smiling and holding signs to show where they are in the world. No matter where they are or who they are, tomorrow will keep on coming.
The WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund is a worldwide charity initiative intended to relieve the burden of the pandemic on the global health community in any way possible. Donations to the fund support the WHO’s research into COVID-19, including obtaining a clearer picture of its symptoms, how long it lasts, and how to manage it. The money also goes to medical institutions big and small that have become inundated with patients and have had their resources stretched thin. Perhaps most importantly, donations contribute to research into a vaccine for the coronavirus and its expedient development.
The group’s first project included two of the community’s most prolific members, Max Cinnamon and Sheena Melwani. Both are accomplished singers/songwriters, and lent their musical talents to a moving cover of “Better Days” to accompany the pictures of the group’s members and supporters. In addition, a team of media professionals working all over the world donated their time and vigor to put this project together out of the goodness of their hearts.
Sheena Melwani is known for her love of uplifting music. Sheena found her calling in life in both live performances and studio recording sessions, both held with the intent of sharing the most soulful, uplifting music she can produce (which, if you’ve heard her voice, is pretty dang uplifting). Her YouTube videos have cumulatively reached over 13 million hits, and she experiments with new forms of singing, songwriting, and musical mixing every day. She’s currently working on a debut album, but in the meantime, you can see her on her streaming channel, SheenaTV, where she takes cover requests, sings her heart out, and also holds in-depth discussions on fascinating social topics.
If you haven’t heard of Max Cinnamon, first of all, you’re missing out. Secondly, Max Cinnamon is a musician that has been honing his craft since he was just four years old. The very first moment he heard his sister’s friend playing the violin, an all-encompassing need for the musical arts filled his soul, and for years after that, he took lessons in various instruments and song styles and even began playing shows in church and at school. His very first full cover was of James Blunt’s “You’re beautiful,” when he was still a grade-school lad. Though his health hit a rough patch in his adolescent years, forcing him to miss some school, the private time helped him expand his musical repertoire even further, showing him that music is not only a fun hobby, but a genuinely therapeutic outlet of creativity. These days, he performs all over France in public and private shows, and shares his love of music all over the world.
As you see these smiling faces and hear these inspiring melodies, take the time to remind yourself that though things may seem dim, the sun will always rise. One day, hopefully very soon, this pandemic will merely be a memory, something we all lived through and came out stronger for it. Until then, don’t lose hope. Tomorrow will always come, and better days are sure to follow.