Music has a way of bringing people together, even from a distance.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has confined millions to their homes, but we're finding other meaningful ways to connect. For example, every night at sunset, the sound of bagpipes is ringing out in neighborhoods across the country in a beautiful show of solidarity.
"The pipes have a centuries-long tradition of inspiring courage and resolve to people in times of distress," said Thomas Johnson, a captain with the Aurora Fire Department.
He's a member of the Colorado Emerald Society, a band comprised of first responders from 24 police and fire departments around the state. While they have been physically separated by COVID-19, they're still able to play together from a safe distance.
Together with musicians across the U.S., they make up the Sunset Solidarity, a movement of drummers and bagpipers who play in their yards each night as the sun goes down. Their goal is simple: to use their talents to spread hope and joy to their neighbors.
It's already working! "Last night, I heard some applause from the neighbors around us," Johnson said. "That's the positive reinforcement back to me that this is doing what we're hoping that it does."
Thank you to everyone involved in this movement for sharing your music with us, especially the first responders who are risking their lives to keep us safe! We'll be listening closely for the sound of bagpipes in the distance tonight. We hope you'll join us!
Learn more about Sunset Solidarity in the video below, and share their message with your friends. For more stories of joy and hope, check out the Coronavirus Good News Dashboard.
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