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Yes, Pandemic Musical Parodies Are A Thing Now

LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:

One final thought - if you are anything like me, you've probably been frantically exchanging messages with friends and family and memes and also...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CORONAVIRUS RHAPSODY")

ADRIAN GRIMES: (Singing) Is this is a fever? Is this just allergies?

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yes, pandemic musical parodies have become a thing. It's one way creative types are keeping busy while social distancing. Musician Adrian Grimes turned the Queen anthem into a lament about being stuck at home. And mommy blogger Victoria Emes, in a shiny blue leotard and dancing around her couch-ridden family, is all of us.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

VICTORIA EMES: (Singing) And so we're here, stuck in this room. I don't know when we're getting out, but no better place to face the doom.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Daniel Matarazzo turned to Mary Poppins for inspiration.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

DANIEL MATARAZZO: (Singing) Super bad, transmittable, contagious, awful virus. And if we don't act quick and social distance, it will mire us.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: This is a bad time - no question. But it's important to keep smiling and dancing and singing if we can.

(SOUNDBITE OF UNIDENTIFIED SONG)

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: (Singing) The curve could get much flatter. Anyone can see. The curve could get much flatter. You know it's your responsibility. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Lulu Garcia-Navarro is the host of Weekend Edition Sunday and one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. She is infamous in the IT department of NPR for losing laptops to bullets, hurricanes, and bomb blasts.