In order to battle the loneliness and mundanity of self-isolation, Rita Wilson made a Spotify playlist.
As the coronavirus epidemic escalates across the United States, many people are being encouraged to "self-isolate." This is when you place yourself under quarantine at home as per your own prerogative. While this is a privilege that many individuals do not have access to - many cannot afford to take two weeks' paid leave or do not have the ability to work from home - it can feel more like a burden rather than something beneficial. In order to help people plagued by the loneliness and mundanity of self-isolation, Tom Hanks' wife, the renowned Rita Wilson, created a Spotify "quarantine playlist." Featuring some of her own hits as well as classics like Billy Idol's 'Dancing with Myself' and more, the playlist is a motivational way to pull yourself through the next two weeks.
Perhaps the idea came to Wilson as a result of her recent diagnosis. Last week, it was revealed that both she and her husband had contracted coronavirus. Hanks, 63, shared the diagnosis in a statement uploaded to his social media pages. "We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too," he wrote. "To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive." The couple, who were in Australia for the preproduction stage of one of Hanks' upcoming movies, are now placed in quarantine down under "for as long as public health safety requires."
Though the playlist was Wilson's idea, it is the culmination of hundreds of recommendations from her followers on Twitter. The singer took to the social media platform late last week in order to ask her followers for track suggestions. She wrote, "Hi, guys. I want to make a Spotify playlist for people self quarantining. Something that might relate to isolation, perhaps? Can you send some song ideas that I can add? Also, what should we call it? Quarantine Choruses? This is what one does in quarantine. You think of stuff like this." Of course, when Rita Wilson asks you for song recommendations, you deliver! Within hours, she had dozens of interesting responses.
Twitter user Yellowcaboose, sharing a video of Gloria Gaynor washing her hands to 'I Will Survive,' urged Wilson not to forget the classics. Others tried to be humorous with their recommendations, such as 74sanki, who suggested The Police's 'Don't Stand So Close to Me.' Some Twitter users shared inspirational suggestions, proposing tunes like Destiny's Child's 'Survivor,' Adam Lambert's 'Superpower,' and The Beatles' 'Hey Jude.' Wilson could not include all the suggestions, but she did craft quite a diverse and interesting playlist. The best part about it? The punny name. The artist chose to christen the playlist, Quarantunes. During these tough times, it's nice to know we all still have a shared sense of humor.
Gloria Gaynor washing her hands to I Will Survive is the hand washing video I didn’t know I needed pic.twitter.com/3HotD7RsS6— grant 🧔🏻 stay home pls (@urdadssidepiece) March 12, 2020
After scouring through all the song recommendations, Wilson created a playlist with over 30 tracks. This means it's bound to keep you occupied for at least two hours. The playlist features newer hits, such as 'The Climb' by Miley Cyrus and 'Stronger' by Kelly Clarkson. However, it's also got some oldies but goldies, including 'All By Myself' by Eric Carmen and 'I'm So Tired' by The Beatles. But it's not all gloom and doom. Her playlist has a bunch of upbeat tracks as well, like MC Hammer's 'U Can't Touch This' and Queen's 'I Want to Break Free.' Whether you're using all this time to catch up on household chores or you're working from home, this playlist is all you need.