As a follow-up to their track All Together Now, the guys from OK Go asked their fans and followers to submit collaborative art and media that illustrates people’s appreciation for each other. Among the videos is this great Symphony from Home collaboration performed by musicians located all around the globe.
Awesome Work From Home
We’re fortunate to be able to work from home, but not all trades can get their jobs done remotely. Illustrator Robertas Nevecka uses animation to offer up some clever ideas of what members of a film crew might do with their talents while isolating at home. Music and sound by Simonas Jončys.
Without an arena (or the NPR offices) to perform in, Lenny Kravitz and his bandmates turned in this intimate three-song concert from Lenny’s chill home setting in Eleuthera, Bahamas. The tracks include “Thinking Of You,” “What Did I Do With My Life?,” and the 2020-appropriate “We Can Get It All Together.”
Nursing homes have been on a lonely lockdown for months. Robert Speker, activities coordinator for the UK’s Sydmar Lodge care home, decided to entertain residents by recreating famous LP covers with their photos. All funds from their GoFundMe campaign benefit Alzheimers Society, Age UK, and Dementia Friends.
Musician Marc Martel is joined by the members of The Ultimate Queen Celebration for an awesome “work from home” cover version of the 1981 track Under Pressure. Martel channels Freddie Mercury brilliantly as always, while guitarist Tristan Avakian brings his own flair to Bowie’s vocals.
Singer-songwriter M. Ward sits down on his couch for a truly intimate acoustic guitar set that will transport you a kinder and gentler time and place. Along the way, you’ll enjoy classic tracks like Chinese Translation, and new ones like Coyote Mary’s Traveling Show from his 2020 album Migration Stories.
A couple finds themselves having difficulty connecting while quarantined apart, as they struggle to figure out if it’s their relationship that’s falling apart, or just their internet connection. Dogfood’s sketch offers a humorous look at one of the many challenges of dating in today’s world.
Typewriters have gone the way of the dinosaur, rarely used by anyone but the most hipster of writers these days. But the Boston Typewriter Orchestra continues to get use out of these mechanical office relics, even when forced to work from home due to their in-person concerts being canceled.
“Limit yourself to one sourdough bread recipe a day, and absolutely no YouTube videos.” After taking the first three months of quarantine creating exactly zero videos, Casually Explained is back to offer his guidance on how to be productive while telecommuting, and then gradually reacclimating to the outside world.
Jordan Olds of Two Minutes To Late Night put together a work from home rock supergroup, featuring Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, Ryan Primack of Poison the Well, Billy C. Robinson of Cloak, and Chris Maggio of High on Fire and Wear Your Wounds, for an awesome cover version of Guns ‘N’ Roses 1987 classic Rocket Queen.
Like so many other college students, the Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences Class of 2020 wasn’t able to have their graduation ceremony in person. But comedian and Georgetown alum Mike Birbiglia took off a little bit of the edge off with this warm, funny, and wise commencement speech. (Thanks Rob!)
With celebrities locked down at home, we’ve had a barrage of collaborative music videos hitting our screens daily. This clip from David Cross‘ Mr. Show Zoomtacular Annual Business Call Event for Charity is our favorite so far, featuring a veritable Who’s Who of talent, including the song’s creator himself.
The music video for the single Hero from the now delayed Van Weezer is packed with video footage shot by fans of the band, each performing a single task – passing a letter from the left to the right of the screen. The payoff is a heartfelt message from Rivers Cuomo and the band at the end of the clip.
Comedian James Veitch walks us through a gameplay tutorial for “Lockdown! The Game!” an entirely too appropriate card game about being stuck at home during a pandemic. While the game doesn’t actually exist, we’re pretty sure he’d sell millions if he did a crowdfunding campaign right now. We love the tiny toilet paper rolls.
While some of us are quite content to work from home, we’re sure many of you miss being in the office with your friends and colleagues. To help satisfy that longing, Kids Creative Agency put together I Miss the Office, an online plaything which emulates the ambient sounds you might hear in an office with up to 10 co-workers.
The cast of Parks and Recreation revisit their classic characters in a hilarious work-from-home special. Everyone is here, from the overachieving Leslie Knope to Ron “I’ve been practicing social distancing since I was four years-old.” Swanson. All they ask is that you consider supporting Feeding America’s COVID-19 relief efforts.
As we stay home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we find ourselves in a familiar, but now strange place… our homes now transformed into the place where we work, teach, sleep, eat, exercise, and unwind. CGP Grey provides some tips on remaining productive and sane at home, in hopes of emerging stronger than before.
It’s been a while since we heard from musician Kawehi, but from the sound of this clip, she’s still rockin’ it. While staying home, she recorded a medley including Elle King’s Ex’s & Oh’s, Jace Everett’s Bad Things, her own Mona Lisa, and Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black. We love how her dogs slept through the whole thing.
When it comes to professions, being a stuntman is one that’s pretty difficult to do from home. But that didn’t stop a bunch of these action daredevils from performing a bit of fight choreography while still maintaining social distancing boundaries. The clip comes courtesy of Campus Univers Cascades stunt academy.
Need your classic rock fix for the day? Well, you’re in luck. While sitting home with their tour on pause, the members of Blue Öyster Cult got together in their own home studios to record a performance of their 1977 classic about everyone’s favorite building-stomping Kaiju. Oh, no, there goes Tokyo!
While sheltering in place at their homes, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong teamed up with Susanna Hoffs to perform a great cover version of the song that was made famous by her band The Bangles, and written by none other than the late great Prince Rogers Nelson.
While sheltering in place, Bay Area alt-folk group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down used the now ubiquitous videoconferencing service Zoom to create a music video for their track “Phenom”. But they didn’t just point webcams at their faces, and instead used the opportunity to do something truly creative with the medium.
Skier and filmmaker Philipp Klein was preparing to go on a trip to the mountains when shelter-in-place orders hit his country. But instead of complaining, he decided to do some freeride skiing right in his living room, with the help of some props and stop-motion to capture the snowy action.
Facing confinement at home, musicians continue to look to streaming video as a way to get their music out to audiences. Like other orchestras around the world, the National Orchestra of France did their part with this energetic performance of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro. The music starts at 0:49.
Golden-throated, big-hearted Josh Groban raised his voice and spirits with a free bedroom performance. He also raised $15,000+ for Meals on Wheels America, on the front lines of the pandemic, so thanked fans by singing “You Raise Me Up” in his shower. (Fully clothed, though he has said the song should be used for Viagra ads.)