Wash Your Hands!!

By Momo Burns-Min

We all know we need to wash our hands… but we also know that singing “Happy Birthday” twice doesn’t make for riveting hand washing. Okay, maybe hand washing will never be riveting, but we can at least try to make it fun! Here are some 20-to 30-second songs to help you fight COVID-19:

For the person who wishes this darn virus hadn’t canceled all the baseball games:

“Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond (about 22 seconds)
Sweet Caroline
BUM BUM BUMMMMM
Good times never seemed so good
(So good, so good)
I’ve been inclined
BUM BUM BUMMMMM
To believe they never would

For the person who knows travel is unadvised but still wishes they could explore abroad:

“Africa” by Toto (about 22 seconds)
It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

For the wannabe nineties kids (you know who you are):

“Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears (about 20 seconds)
My loneliness is killing me (and I)
I must confess I still believe (still believe)
When I’m not with you I lose my mind
Give me a sign
Hit me baby one more time

For the Beyonce-lover (or just the kid who wants to belt their face off at the sink, no judgment):

“Love on Top” by Beyonce (about 20 seconds)
Baby it’s you
You’re the one I love
You’re the one I need
You’re the only one I see
Come on baby it’s you
You’re the one that gives your all
You’re the one I can always call
When I need to make everything stop
Finally you put my love on top

For the CPR expert who wants to save lives in more ways than one:

“Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees (18-24 seconds depending on how long you riff the last note)
Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother
You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’
And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive

For the Broadway nerd who is genuinely considering hopping on these $50 tickets:

  • The end of “Defying Gravity” (from “tell them how I am defying gravity” to “aaaaaahhhh”)
  • The chorus of “Cell Block Tango” (from “he had it comin’” to “pop six squish uh-uh Cicero Lipschitz”)
  • The chorus of “You Can’t Stop the Beat” (from “cause the world keeps spinning” to “shake and shimmy it with all of my might today”)
  • The beginning of “Take Me or Leave Me” (from “every single day” to “remember that I’m your baby”)

Now go kill germs!

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