LOUISVILLE, Kent.(WDRB/CNN/Meredith) -- Armed with some sheet music, a violin and a bow, Matthew Lane is doing what he knows best.

"Music is a unifying and connecting factor," he said. "People feel isolated, especially vulnerable categories of people. Like residents of nursing homes."

The Altenheim, like all nursing homes, is on lockdown to protect seniors, who face the highest risk of getting the novel coronavirus.

"They want social interaction for the people they care for, just as much as we'd want for our grandparents," Lane said.

He plays for a silent audience, with no applause. It might be one of his more meaningful performances.

"We really want to be cognizant of what the Governor has asked us to do,” Lane said. “What we need to do to be healthy and for each other. But taking care of others as good neighbors is good too. And this is one of the ways that we as musicians, who have to practice our instruments anyways, can do that."

In the stress, anxiety and chaos of the coronavirus crisis, many find themselves at a loss for words. Sometimes, music says it the best.

"Someone can open a window and listen to us play a song. And that connection is important,” Lane said. “Especially for people who can't leave and can't get out. Music is one way to connect without being right next to someone."

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