Every night at 7 p.m., the cheers and clanging pots in support of Victoria’s frontline workers can be heard across the city.
But one quiet local street has taken it a step further, with everyone coming out of their homes to join together in joyful song — while still practicing physical distancing, of course.
The residents of Chamberlain Street have created a new way of coming together while still staying apart, flooding into the street for a singalong each night, many with instruments in hand.
The songs they sing vary, though some favourites have been ‘Satisfaction’ by the Rolling Stones, and ‘Hallelujah’ by K.D. Lang, clearly going along with the theme of friendship and relying on one another.
After the neighbours finish singing the song of the night, they move on to choosing a song for the following evening, so that everyone has time to find the lyrics and perhaps get a little practice in before the big debut.
With many feeling the social effects of physical distancing, the singalong has created fun evening activity and helps evoke a sense of community, even when people can’t get together in the usual sense of the phrase.
One resident says that the nightly ritual is “very sacred to her”.
There are around 20 singers who gather each evening, reminding the neighbourhood that just because there are self-isolation practices in place – we’re not alone.
Check out these photos of the nightly singalong: