Entertainment has been transformed. Gone are the live slick Hollywood produced programs with multiple cameras, spectacular stage lighting effects, synthesized sound equipment, and performers with a team of stylists behind the scenes. What we are witnessing today is a generous outpouring of raw talent and the goal to make a human connection.
I’m sure you’ve witnessed this either on television or in social media events in recent days. Many of the world’s most dynamic global citizens are sharing their gifts and their homes with us during these uncertain times.
I marveled at Elton John’s performance in his backyard at a shiny black grand piano sandwiched in between a kid’s makeshift basketball court and a recycling container during a recent live program. I’ve seen John Legend’s GRAMMYs on display, Oprah’s kitchen, Deepak Chopra’s balcony view, Ellen’s backyard, Garth Brook’s home music studio, Tim McGraw’s pool, Paul McCarty’s den, and Jimmy Kimmel’s kitchen.
Each time these well-known personalities have opened the door to their home, we get a unique glimpse into their lives where we’ve found they too are stuck at home trying to make sense of what’s going on in the world and manage the best they can. As if celebrities would be exempt?
Musicians separated but collaborating from their homes has been another amazing entertainment accomplishment during this Pandemic crisis. The live stream entertainment special this past weekend, One World: Together at Home, helped raise funds for the World Health Organization and set the new standard. The show stopper was a remote collaboration featuring Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli, John Legend and Lang Lang perform performing, “The Prayer.” It was breathtaking and relevant. As of today, the YouTube clip of the performance has hit 6,360,368 views.
As a professional marketer in the media business, I am trained to look for trends and ways to better communicate. While many of us are feeling isolated, I hope these bright spots of human connection through our media platforms and electronic devices, continue to feed us help us feel both human and connected.
Marisa Dillon has three historical romance books with Soul Mate Publishing with the Ladies of Lore Series.
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