Focusing on Empathy, Compassion, Kindness, and Service
Continuing the popular series of song and video playlists for teachers, here's a selection of perspectives on COVID-19.
There's a seemingly endless number of song covers and parodies on youtube (some of them quite clever), but for this list I went with originality and sincerity.
I'm sure a lot of kids will be able to relate to the song called, aptly enough, "A Song About Coronavirus from the Perspective of a Senior in High School":
"I wasn’t prepared to say goodbye to the last year of teen age. This all just feels so strange. Will I walk across a stage? I know I need to do my part stay inside. The world is torn apart. That matters more than a little year even though it breaks my heart."
by Jazzy Anne
And both teachers and students can relate to All Day Long by Chloe Langford:
"We've done e-learning, as much as we can stand!"
Hang in there, everybody! As Luke Combs sings,
"There will be light after dark. Some day when we aren't six feet apart."
Videos of Individuals Helping Their Communities
(focusing on gratitude and connection)
In case you haven't already seen this popular series, here's episode one of the weekly series hosted by John Krasinski. And here's the link to the official SGN youtube playlist
Songs About the Challenges of Quarantine
Better Days, One Republic
Whatever you do don’t worry bout me. I’m thinking bout you, don’t worry 'bout us...May we never ever shed another tear for today 'cause oh, I know that there’ll be better days.
A Brave New World, Shane Tutmarc
We’re all together. We’re not alone. Through the window, through the phone. Where it stops, nobody knows. Let the light inside of you shine on. Let the love inside of you sing along.
C-O-V-I-D 19 Coronavirus is a buggin' me. I need my friends and my family to be close to me.
video (fundraiser for Jersey4Jersey); lyrics in video description
Small towns are rolling up their sidewalks. One last paycheck's coming through. I know you’re feeling kind of nervous. We’re all a little bit confused. Nothing’s the same. This ain’t a game. We got to make it through. When you can’t do what you do, you do what you can.
The Greatest, James Blunt
Too much to say. Too much to lose. It's a battle of time... I don't decide the how, the when or if we'll make it through. Be the young, the brave, the powerful. 'Cause the world is standing waiting for someone to come and change it.
Six Feet Apart, Luke Combs
I miss my mom, I miss my dad. I miss the road, I miss my band. Giving hugs and shaking hands. Now it's a mystery, I suppose. Just how long this thing goes...There will be light after dark. Some day when we aren't six feet apart.
I'm sure a lot of kids can relate to the last two songs:
official video (lyrics in captions)
"It's just me and my euphonium, sittin' here, stuck at home-ium, nothin' but time to talk on the phone-ium... We've cleaned everything in my home... We've washed our hands... We've done e-learning, as much as we can stand!"
official video (lyrics in video description)
I wasn’t prepared to say goodbye to the last year of teen age. This all just feels so strange. Will I walk across a stage?
I know I need to do my part stay inside. The world is torn apart. That matters more than a little year even though it breaks my heart.
If you like these types of videos, there are many more song playlists and video playlists here at MindfulTeachers.org, including:
- Change the World Song Playlist
- Inspiring Videos of Young People Serving the World
- Songs About Mindfulness and Compassion
- Thought-Provoking Videos About Empathy, Compassion, and Service
You may also be interested in these posts on empathy and compassion:
- Two Powerful Empathy Practices to Awaken Compassion
- Three Different Approaches to Lovingkindness Practice
And there are hundreds more posts here at MindfulTeachers.org on practicing and teaching mindfulness, compassion, and SEL.