In uncertain times, it’s easy to harp on the negatives. With people all over the world working from home, businesses closing, and all types of goods and services we’re accustomed to becoming less available, it’s natural to feel a bit of concern. Difficult times can lead to moments of genuine beauty though, and in Italy, a unique camaraderie has formed that has led to something truly moving.
Music Brings People Together
Italy is one of the most virus-affected nations at the moment. Residents are expected to stay home and only come in contact with immediate family members and those they live with. And while the country may be in full lockdown mode, their citizens, who are ever positive and eager to unite, have found a way to come together through song. Music is something that binds people together, as is evidenced in videos that have been shared.
It’s not quite clear who started the singing, but soon members of households up and down the road came out onto their balconies to join in. In the videos, you can hear them singing traditional Italian songs. As they sing, the voices joining the chorus continue to grow. Some people even brought their own instruments out. There are guitars, along with makeshift drum sets made of pots and pans.
Let The Songs Spread
The first video came out of Siena, Italy, and since it went viral others have followed suit. Soon, residents in Salerno, Naples, and beyond were posting similar videos of their shared songs. Watching the videos, it’s easy to see how quickly these melodies brought neighbors who have gone days without speaking to each other back together again.
The initial video from Siena spread across the Internet, inspiring many across the world. It turns out that this moment of happiness and ease in Siena brought joy far beyond its city limits. The initial Twitter post got over 38,000 retweets and the Guardian News’ YouTube video has been viewed nearly 2.5 million times.
The videos not only brought joy to others but also led to some inspiration from a pretty popular musician. Bono, best known for being the lead vocalist in the band U2, has released his first new song since 2017. And guess what? It’s dedicated to the Italians currently being affected.
Titled Let Your Love Be Known, he released the song on Instagram, with the caption, “For the Italians who inspired it… for the Irish…for ANYONE who this St. Patrick’s day is in a tight spot and still singing. For the doctors, nurses, carers on the front line, it’s you we’re singing to.” It’s a touching song for sure. And it even directly refers to “singing across the rooftops”. Well done, Italy, for inspiring one of the great musicians of our time! And well done, Bono, for bringing us new music to enjoy during these tough times.
Creativity Across The Globe
The soaring songs from balconies may be a uniquely Italian phenomenon at the moment, but across the globe, people are finding plenty of similarly creative ways to keep spirits high. Within communities, people are connecting in unique ways, through video conferencing and social media, to ensure that their loved ones and neighbors are all taken care of, entertained, and educated despite the quarantine in their homes.
There are musical groups hosting concerts that are live streamed, friends hosting virtual dance parties, and companies offering free courses, E-books, and workshops to keep everyone busy and stimulated. The key to making it through difficult days is remaining connected to your community. And sometimes, you can even make new connections and bonds across the globe.
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