Music is, and always will be, one of the most universally connective agencies out there.
It is something that virtually every culture on the planet takes part in and it can transcend all language barriers.
According to Psychology Today, “Every human culture has music, just as each has language. So it’s true that music is a universal feature of the human experience.”
Because of the COVID restrictions, people are feeling more isolated than ever before.
We have had our jobs, lives, and passions put on hold with no real understanding of when everything will become normal again.
And for one Brooklyn College music student, this temporary life-halt wasn’t going to stop him from pursuing his passion for music collaboration.
Harrison Sheckler left New York City expecting to be gone only a short while.
But when he returned home to Iowa and realized that he wouldn’t be going anywhere for a while, he turned to the one thing that has always brought him comfort–music.
He began to play “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical Carousel and decided that he wanted to share the positive feelings that he was getting with others.
But with social distancing orders in place and nowhere for an entire orchestra to meet up, Sheckler decided that he would put together a virtual collaboration for the song.
And when it was finally completed and uploaded onto the internet, it was clear that Sheckler had created a true masterpiece.
The collaboration includes 300 singers and musicians from 15 different countries around the world.
Sheckler himself said that “What started to fill the void of music collaboration has evolved to a new meaning for me with the lengthened quarantine. Hopefully, the words, ‘you’ll never walk alone,’ along with the visual of 300 people joining together offers the audience some comfort and peace during this time. Stay safe and healthy my friends!”
The video begins with Sheckler himself playing the piano.
Then the first singer comes in and it shows her sitting in front of a computer screen with headphones on.
She’s singing along to Sheckler’s piano playing and as she sings, the rest of the strings and brass come in to accompany her voice.
This singer fades out and another singer takes her place on the screen.
This happens a few more times until the single singer is replaced by a group of three singers who are all harmonizing with each other.
This group of three then turns to a group of sixteen, and then to a group of 50, and then finally over 200 video squares of people singing to the same song fills the video.
The 200+ squares of singers then grows to 300 with the addition of the people who are playing their instruments.
And at this point, we finally see the collaboration in its entirety.
300 individuals from around the world come together to create a beautiful work of art that sends forth the message that although we may be quarantined to our own little sections of the planet, we’re still not alone.
If this video inspired you in any way, be sure to act on it.
We have to thank people like Sheckler who have found a way to make us feel connected even during these very isolating times.
Find what it is that makes you feel positive and share it with the world.
Because only then will we truly not be alone.
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