Celebrities from all over the world have been pitching in to help during this uncertain, unsettling time. From Tom Hanks' reassuring words on what it feels like to have corona to Lena Dunham's advice on how to stay sane if you're a single person self-quarantining, support and comfort can often come from the most unlikely of places.
But Coldplay's Chris Martin has come up with his own, heartwarming way of keeping morale up and helping people feel less alone. Using Coldplay's Instagram, the world-renowned singer started a 30-minute live broadcast to fans from his home, explaining that he is on his own too and he and his band are currently stuck in different countries. So instead he decided to reach out to fans to 'check-in' and see how he could 'help' others.
'So, I thought what would be nice would be to check-in with some of you out there and see how you're doing, where you are and what I can do for you,' he begins the video. 'So I'm here at your service for the next 27-minutes and I'm going to try and read some comments and take requests. Let me know how you're doing.'
The singer then begins things in his usual jovial manner as a fan asks him to play Amazing Day.
'I can't remember that one,' he grins, before playing around with some chords on his keyboard.
Switching between his piano and the guitar, the singer goes through a repertoire of his most famous songs from A Sky Full of Stars to Viva La Vida. Switching between singing, answering fans questions and giving watchers insights into life with the band. Later, he also offered a lesson on how to play David Bowie‘s Life On Mars on the piano.
As the video draws to a close he explains that the idea behind the interactive video, dubbed 'Together at Home' was first discussed last Friday (14 March), in collaboration with Global Citizen, who have created the hashtag #togetherathome.
'I've spoken to [a friend] at Global Citizen (a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030) who have been talking to the World Health Organisation and we thought we could link this all up. So, if you have any questions or you're worried or you don't have how to help or you don't know which news is real then go to globalcitizen.org/coronavirus.'
He then jests: 'I hope I can spell [coronavirus|.'
Global Citizen's Twitter also clarified that they were working with Chris on the series, tweeting: 'Global Citizen kicked off our new virtual concert series #TogetherAtHome yesterday, with Chris Martin from @coldplay, who shares how the series came about below. And tomorrow, @johnlegend is performing at 7 a.m. AEDT, live from his Instagram channel!'
At the end of the broadcast, Chris nominated singer John Legend as the next person to 'host' the series.
'I propose John Legend, do you want to take over tomorrow?' he tells the camera. 'Then you can see a real pianist.'
'I send you [all] love, thank you for tuning in.'
The singer then ends the broadcast with a rendition of Fly On.
If you could do with an impromptu concert in your living room, follow John Legend who will be hosting his own 'Together at Home' broadcast tonight (17 March) at 8pm GMT.
And, if you missed out on Chris Martin you can catch it here:
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