Just when we thought we had seen in it all in the world of quarantine and even the lockdown became monotonous, renowned actor Johnny Depp ended up making an account on Instagram.
Moreover, in his debut posts, he announced the release of his cover of a John Lennon classic, Isolation.
Depp's first post appeared on Thursday morning, showing the actor sitting on a wooden bench, surrounded by candles. “Hello everyone… filming something for you now… gimme a minute,” his cryptic caption read.
Depp returned four hours later with with an eight-minute-long IGTV video, in which he discussed the global coronavirus pandemic and announced the release of the cover.
He started off by pensively revealing that he has never felt the need to join social media until now.
“Now is the time to open up a dialogue as the threat of this invisible enemy has already caused immeasurable tragedies and enormous damage to people’s lives,” Depp said. “I feel we need to try to help each other throughout these dark times, these trying times – for those we love, for our community, for ourselves, for the world and for the future.”
Depp encouraged his followers – which have crossed over one million already – to take the time in self-isolation to be creative.
“We cannot and must not succumb to shutting down and giving in to what feels like hellish quarantine monotony,” Depp said. “Create something today that will benefit yourselves and others tomorrow. Do anything you think could be of use to brighten someone’s day. Draw, read, paint, think, learn, make a film on your phone, play an instrument if you play; if you don’t, learn.”
This led him to discuss his own musical ventures, along with announcing that he is recording an album over the past few years with former Yardbirds guitarist and one of his “all-time guitar heroes,” Jeff Beck. He clearly realised there was no better time to release their cover of Lennon’s Isolation.
Depp added, “The profundity of his lyrics seem to Jeff and me especially fitting for what’s happening right now. The song’s about isolation, fear, and the existential risk to our world, so we wanted to give the song to you. We truly both hope in our own little way, it helps you get through these unusual times that we’re experiencing, even if it just helps to pass the time as we endure isolation together.”
Depp and Beck’s cover of Isolation is available on all major streaming platforms.
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