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Coronavirus and music: why the world turned to music in a time of crisis

An analogy between our current situation and my research on music and dementia

Yesterday I had to go out. It was the first time I left my house later in the evening since England announced the new security measures last week. It was about 7.30pm. I live in central London, busy London. Unrecognisable London, empty London is what I saw. Not a single shop open, an occasional soul running past in a daily confused jog, and a police car chasing a motorbike and telling the driver to go home. And I felt a mix of fear and calm, walking through that ghostly dark street, my legs in autopilot mode. Never had I dreamed I would see London like this. Never had I imagined a virus would come and pause the world