ACTON, MA — Social distancing isn't keeping Sonic Love from spreading some joy to residents. The Acton-based band created a music video made completely on iPhones. To perk fans' spirits up, the band covered "Listen to the Music" by The Doobie Brothers.
Unable to practice in-person, the band decided to take their jam-sessions virtual. Drummer David Farris suggested making the video. "Listen to the Music" was chosen since it's the usual opening number for Sonic and, given the circumstances, the message was the best fitting. Each band member recorded their part on iPhones and texted the files to Farris, who put the song together on iMovie. The entire process took one weekend.
While Acton has no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, people across town and across the commonwealth are practicing social distancing guidelines and heeding Gov. Baker's stay-at-home advisory. With businesses and restaurants closed, all of Sonic Love's upcoming gigs were canceled.
The music video opens with photos of people singing on balconies in Italy, a nod to the power of music uniting neighbors in uncertain times.
"We saw those videos of people in Italy performing on balconies," band founder Bryon Beilman said, "Beautiful things were coming from it."
Sonic Love's virtual version of a balcony performance has not only spread the love on social media, but it's gained plenty of love as well. So far, the video gained over 200 views on YouTube and is being shared by neighbors on Facebook.
"We're just trying to spread a little fun," Beilman said.
The band members are part of a fortunate population who can work from home. Beilman works remotely as an IT consultant at his own company and said many of the band members have been able to work remote for their day jobs as well. Guitarist Jay Ford has taken his music school virtual and is offering classes and lessons via Skype.
The band is planning a second video with a tentative release of early next week. Spoiler alert: The next video will be the band's cover of "Help" by the Beatles. Whether the videos will become a regular occurrence is still up in the air.
"I think right now there's a lot of anxiety about the unknown," Beilman said, "we're just hoping this brings some positivity to people."