Even in the darkest night, there is always hope for a new dawn!
As Italians embarked on another week of lockdown amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic, youth choir il coro che non c'è released a video that's providing hope for everyone who sees it.
They were due to perform "Helplessly Hoping," which was originally recorded in the 70s by American band Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Unfortunately, their March 14 concert had to be canceled. Choir director Dodo Versino said everyone was upset, but that didn't stop them from lifting each other's spirits.
“It occurred to me to have each person record a video at home, to feel the closeness of our group again, as well as to use some of the time on their hands and distract them from the situation,” Dodo said.
For the next 10 days, the musicians practiced their individual parts at home. Once they were ready, they sent a recording of themselves singing to Dodo, who edited all the clips together. The result is a rendition that is as poignant as it is uplifting!
Over 40 choir members are featured in the final video, including nurse Lorenzo Arduini, who is on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.
The heartwarming song quickly went viral and has caught the attention of celebrities like Mia Farrow and Stevie Van Zandt. Of course, the real thrill came when David Crosby, the original Crosby, Stills & Nash member, chimed in!
In a later post, Crosby added, “This is now my favorite version of this song ever ... I like it better than our original."
Chiara Altamura, a 17-year-old choir member said, “This song is a hymn to hope. ... There’s a saying here in Italy, ‘la speranza è l’ultima a morire.’ That means, ‘Hope is the last thing that dies.’ And we truly believe it.”
What started as a way for this choir to come together became a message of joy and love for people around the world!
Watch the video below to hear their moving "hymn to hope," and don't forget to share their music with your friends. Check out the Coronavirus Good News Dashboard for more encouraging stories.
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