One of the things that has become so difficult for country artists to deal with during the coronavirus pandemic is losing the connection to their fans. However, Musicians On Call and Hyundai Hope On Wheels are giving that back to them while also lifting the lives of patients who have been hospitalized during this difficult time, and Lauren Alaina and Darius Rucker are among the first to make this connection with some of their fans through virtual visits.
The artists are able to visit with multiple fans simultaneously through a livestream, but what makes this different from other livestream shows that many artists are doing is that the audience size is smaller, giving them a more intimate show and an opportunity to be seen by the performers. The patients were encouraged to ask questions, make posters and participate as much or as little as they wanted, giving them and the artists a once-in-a-lifetime chance to connect on a personal level.
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In addition to providing some much-needed entertainment to the patients, Lauren and Darius were also to welcome front line workers into the live stream giving those who have been diligently providing healthcare a break and a thank you.
Lauren added a little bit of spice to her appearance by encouraging her audience to join along in the singing before taking it up another notch and adding in some dance moves.
Darius entertained the parents of some the younger patients, along with the hospital workers by digging up some old Hootie and the Blowfish “Hold My Hand” for his performance. Of course, he twisted up the final chorus to reflect the common message during the pandemic — “Wash those hands.”
And a Darius performance wouldn’t have been complete without a rendition of his hit single that crosses the boundaries of generations, “Wagon Wheel.”
If music is healing, these folks got a double dose! Our hearts and healing wishes go out to all of those who are hospitalized during these unprecedented times. Better days are ahead.