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Singing From the Balconies

By Holly Chavez

Italians have a saying that nothing man-made or natural has been or will be invented that will take away their joy of life. 

That saying was never more true than when residents in Siena, a city in Tuscany, leaned from their windows and sang an uplifting melody to their fellow neighbors during lockdown. 

A local captured the singing and posted the touching moment on Twitter. The video clip is shown from a deserted alleyway, lined with cars and a few dim streetlights. In it, you can hear the residents singing “Il Canto della Verbena,” a popular, patriotic folk song.

Other musicians, such as Didie Caria, have followed suit and entertained residents during Italy’s strict national lockdown.

Around the globe, we’re singing our way into hope together — from a socially appropriate distance, of course. Hopefully, when all of the COVID-19 craziness is over, we’ll remember the good side effects: community, time together and lots and lots of singing.

This story was originally published in the TRIBAL under the TRIBAL Premium Partner Program. More information about TRIBAL can be found at https://tribalapp.com/.

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