Smithfield sisters write ‘Quarantine Remix’

Smithfield sisters write ‘Quarantine Remix’

Smithfield sisters Aemilia, 17, and Aoife, 14, Blais created a “Quarantine Remix” encouraging people to stay home during quarantine.

SMITHFIELD – Making the best of their time at home during social distancing, two Smithfield sisters wrote, directed, and produced a quarantine remix of “Almost Home” by Christian band Mercy Me instructing everyone to “Stay at Home.”

Aemilia Blais, 17, and her sister, Aoife Blais, 14, said inspiration struck the pair from experience in the youth choir at St. Joseph Church on Danielson Pike in Scituate.

Neither was shy about singing or the spotlight and decided to spread joy and positivity to the community through song.

“A lot of bad news is going around. We wanted to spread happiness,” Aemilia said.

The pair teamed up to make the video, which took about a week, from writing lyrics to uploading it to YouTube.

The hardest part, said Aoife, was getting the timing of the lyrics to match up with the original song. After two days of counting syllables and writing, the pair got to filming.

While Aemilia is part of the school chorus at La Salle Academy in Providence, where she is a junior, Aoife is in the 8th-grade school band at Gallagher Middle School.

Aemilia also produces two video news segments each week for La Salle, where she creates and edits stories for the school’s news channel, wlsa.news. She said she is still producing news segments on top of regular school work.

Using her experience editing videos, Aemilia said she discovered she needed more than the two singing the song to make a well-rounded video. The sisters lived out the message of the video calling for people to stay home by filming themselves doing everyday quarantine activities.

Aoife cooked pasta, watered the garden and the pair played cards. Of course, the video included them doing school from home.

“We want to keep people laughing,” Aemilia said.

Aemilia is also doing cooking videos from home, called “Quarantine Kitchen” for WLSA news online. Her videos feature sweet recipes such as chocolate chip cookies, popovers, donuts, and more. She features her sister Aoife in them.

The pair said part of the secret to getting along is doing online homework in separate rooms. Despite their camaraderie, the pair could not convince their younger sister, Tarynn, 11, to participate. Maybe in another video, they said.

To view the video, visit YouTube and search “Stay at Home: A Quarantine Remake.”

The Blais sisters said they enjoyed making the video so much that they may do other covers.