What happens when you invite 350 musicians to learn a new piece of music, then invite them to assemble on the street and take a crack at playing it?
NPR did it.
“But what we’ve found, and what is so incredibly gratifying, is that amazingly talented and generous people join in — this year, about 350 of them on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library,” NPR Music’s Anatasia Tsioulcas writes. “With a new piece by Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, the beat and the heart were there already, but the spirit burst to life when all those musicians came out to play.”
The takeaway? We’re all in the same orchestra; we’re just playing different instruments.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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