Monday, April 13, 2020

Shinyribs Band and TMA Say, “Stay Home”

One of Austin’s best-known bands is adding its musical voice to the nationwide stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, backed by a new music video highlighting physicians.

Shinyribs, the award-winning eight member swamp-pop-supergroup, recently released “Stay Home,” a single written to encourage citizens to stay at home and practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (also known as the 2019 novel coronavirus). COVID-19, which causes flu-like symptoms like cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, is highly infectious and spreads upon person-to-person contact.

In addition to releasing the single, Shinyribs allowed the Texas Medical Association (TMA) to create a music video for the song. The video features nearly 50 physicians and health care workers photographed by TMA President David Fleeger, MD, as well as some cameo appearances by TMA staff.

VIDEO: Shinyribs Band and Texas Physicians Say "Stay Home!"

Shinyribs’ frontman Kevin Russell wrote “Stay Home” after the social distancing orders put a halt to the group’s tour in March. He said he wanted to share a lighthearted, yet important message with fans during this serious time.

“In situations like this, panic naturally ensues when daily routines are unprecedently interrupted,” Mr. Russell said. “You don’t need more toilet paper. You don’t need to hoard supplies and food. You just need to stay put.”

All in all, the band hopes audiences will abide by the overall message brought by “Stay Home” and do their part to “flatten the curve” – reduce the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This time is tough on all of us, but with everyone’s cooperation, we can slow the spread of this virus and get back to some normalcy,” Mr. Russell said. “In three months from now, if nothing has happened… well, isn’t that the point?”

“Stay Home” is now available on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, YouTube, and Facebook – with a widespread release to iTunes, Spotify, and all digital music services later this month. Proceeds from downloads of the song benefit Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), an Austin nonprofit that assists Austin’s self-employed musicians access affordable healthcare.

“[I appreciate] this great opportunity to participate in the community; it really is what I had in mind when I wrote the song,” said Mr. Russell. “I thought, ‘Maybe people will like it and it will spread faster than the virus!’ It fills me with pride to be part of it.”

Editor’s note: TMA encourages MeAndMyDoctor readers to share the video on their social media channels.

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