Yo-Yo Ma’s musical effort to share #SongsofComfort amid coronavirus


JEFFREY BROWN: Yo-Yo Ma began his #SongsofComfort
project with a performance of his own, and an appeal to our audience. YO-YO MA, Cellist: We’re collecting what is
personal, what is true, what is trustworthy, what is community, because community is nothing,
except what is based on trust. JEFFREY BROWN: People of all kinds have responded,
Paul Simon with his classic American tune, Hamed Sinno, lead singer of the Lebanese band
Mashrou’ Leila. The famed folk rock duo the Indigo Girls also answered the call. And members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
found a creative way to perform while keeping social distance. Most of all, ordinary people all around the
country and the world created their own musical moments. Outside Chicago, a woman played for
her neighbors, as is happening more and more. In Omaha, Nebraska, 9-year-old Annabel Blake,
her father and a family friend performed a traditional Irish folk song. A man played a song for his granddaughters,
wanting them, as he wrote, to feel good about themselves. And they did. Dira Sugandi was joyful in Indonesia. Two friends, one in Ireland the other in Germany,
harmonized on a Beatles song. And from Copenhagen, pianist Niels Lan Doky shared
jazz. Perhaps most fitting and hopeful for the times,
two Mayo Clinic doctors in a video posted by a new fan. Just a few of the songs now being shared. For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m Jeffrey Brown.

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