Updated: Apr 1, 2020
It has been almost two weeks since the historic and well-attended party on Instagram, hosted by hip hop legend, D-Nice. Currently, our nation is at a complete stand-still because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Many people are experiencing unrest and a dramatic change in their normalcy. Schools, businesses, and even churches are shut-down and practicing social-distancing to help put an end to the infectious disease. The “new normal” is now being confined at home to assure the safety of our loved ones and friends, and music is our refuge. Last week, D-Nice started hosting what is known as the hottest dance party on Instagram. “Homeschoolin’ Social Distancing Dance Party,” or referred to by many, “Club Quarantine.” D-Nice took over social media in a symbolic way. At least a way that I have never experienced before. He united the nation through music. It was the only party where I had the opportunity to “party along” with celebrities like Rihanna, Halle Berry, Chaka Kahn, my forever FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, plus one-hundred thousand more people. We were #Alonetogether, and we danced, allowing our anxieties to fade away between each song he played.
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ― Billy Joel
With almost every song D-Nice rendered, my mind journeyed back to a time when everything seemed perfect. He took me back to the ’80s when I was in elementary school, and all I cared about was riding my bicycle, hula hoop, jump rope, and playing hopscotch on warm summer nights. When dill pickles and chilly bears were the answer to all my needs.
D-Nice took me back to the ‘90s when I was in middle and high school. A time when I would sit by the radio all night, waiting for my favorite song to play so I can record my exclusive mixtape. When I looked forward to going to football games with friends, school dances, and crushing on boys, he took me back to Rap City, Yo! MTV Raps, Video Soul, and Soul Train on Saturday mornings while enjoying a bowl of my favorite cereal.
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ― Bob Marley
Through music, I got lost in the memories, and I loved being in that space. I wanted to stay there as long as I could, especially with everything going on in the world right now. For an entire weekend, D-Nice made one-hundred thousand people forget we were living through a pandemic. It was therapeutic. It. Was. Beautiful.
I want to say thank you to all the musical artists who are sharing their gifts as we all work together to curve this pandemic. Thank you for allowing us to travel back in time when music had meaning filled with pure emotions. Thank you for permitting me to go back in time and relive years when life was oh so simple.
I shall keep dancing and smiling through the storm. Peace and Love.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato