Dirty Projectors cover John Lennon’s ‘Isolation’ to raise money for musicians affected by coronavirus pandemic
Dirty Projectors’ very own Dave Longstreth has covered John Lennon song ‘Isolation’ as part of a bid to raise money for those affected by the current coronavirus pandemic.
The song, originally released in 1970, appeared on Lennon’s first official solo album release after leaving The Beatles. The track arrived as the final song of the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Bandrecord and addresses Lennon’s struggles with fame and public criticism.
Now though, Dirty Projectors member Dave Longstreth has used the song for the greater good. Selling his rendition for $1.29 (or more if you wish to contribute further), ‘Isolation’ is raising money for the MusiCares relief.
“My cover of Plastic Ono Band’s ‘Isolation’ is up for streaming and purchase,” Longstreth wrote in a statement. “All proceeds through April 3rd are going toward MusiCares’ COVID-19 relief fund for musicians and music industry folks whose work has been disrupted by the crisis.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 19th, more than 220,313 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 8,980 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 150 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.
Longstreth added: “So I encourage you to buy it (pay-what-you-wish) and we can be a part of helping combat this together.”