Comedian Dana Jay Bein has taken the iconic words of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and has turned them into an anthem for these trying times during the coronavirus outbreak.
Dana first dipped his toes in the lyric rewriting with Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’; and now, it’s Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ that’s getting its own Coronavirus-themed lyrics.
In these trying times, this is just what we need to remind us of our humanity. Thanks to musicians and comedians, we can stay grounded and united while we isolate ourselves.
Check out the tweet that started it all below.
I've lost my mind.
I wrote Coronavirus Rhapsody:
Is this a sore throat?
Is this just allergies?
Caught in a lockdown
No escape from reality.
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— Dana Jay Bein (#DJB) #CoronavirusRhapsody (@danajaybein) March 18, 2020
“I’ve lost my mind,” said Bein. “I wrote Coronavirus Rhapsody: is this a sore throat, is this just allergies? Caught in a lockdown no escape from reality…”
The internet approved—to put it mildly! More than 580,000 people have already liked the tweet, and some fans are taking it a step further, setting Bein’s words to music for our edification:
Dana Jay Bein (DJB) is a Cambridge, MA-based comedian, comedy instructor and motivator. His stand up and improv is known for its quick wit, its energy and its ability to adapt to any audience.
He’s been performing at comedy clubs, comedy festivals, colleges and corporate gigs for 20 years.
Early on, Dana realised the power in comedy and discovered that he wanted to use that power for good. As such, he’s taught comedy and storytelling to children, senior citizens, ivy league PHDs, adults and children with autism, engineers, women in prison, doctors and the homeless. His goal is to connect as many people in as many places as possible through comedy.
2018 had many milestones for DJB. In June, he was honoured by the City for Cambridge for his nearly two decades of service to the Cambridge creative arts community. DJB was the Comic in Residence at the legendary Comedy Studio in November, opening every show that month.
Watch the video of Larry Soares singing the lyrics to Dana Jay Bein’s song below.