Meet Dana Jay Bein — the architect of an absolutely inspired bit of musical parody that is making the rounds on the internet. His piece of art is titled “Coronavirus Rhapsody,” and yes, it’s exactly what you think it is: A parody of Queen‘s legendary hit “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but with fresh lyrics reflecting the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has the world in its grasp.
This all started a few weeks back:
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.
— Dana Jay Bein (#DJB) #CoronavirusRhapsody (@danajaybein) March 18, 2020
Which led to a fully fleshed-out parody song, with lyrics that probably could not get much more perfect for the subject matter:
Bein wrote the lyrics, while Adrian Grimes provides the vocals.
In a FaceTime chat with WBZ-TV in Boston published on Thursday, Bein explained how this bit of inspiration came about:
“I’ve had some mild cold symptoms so, gotta stay home,” Bein told WBZ-TV via FaceTime.
Bein has done standup and improv for the last 20 years and says the lyrics just came to him.
“I had a scratch in my throat and I sang the first line out loud, ‘Is this a sore throat?’ And then the rest of the song just sorta fell out of my head.”
As of this article, Bein’s “Coronavirus Rhapsody” video has 1,079,000+ views and counting on YouTube, and the sudden, fast-acting popularity is still a bit shocking to him:
“I knew it was funny, but I didn’t know it would get world-wide traction. I’ve worked so hard on things that nobody cared about and this I wrote without pants on and the world is singing it,” he told WBZ-TV.