Music flowing naturally, people who share the same musical taste interacting and exchanging influences, a whole community formed by music fans who seek to hear and make high quality, creative music that connects people across the world, all for the sake of creating a positive energy and fulfilling our need for meaningful experiences. This is, I believe, the essence of music, and for those who lost faith in it, here it is, beautifully illustrated in this great initiative – Beirutando na Praça.
Amazing how passion for music can drive people with will, talent and creativity to achieve great things. The idea that started out in a small conversation took shape through an open discussion in a larger group of people who share the same values and vision to bring it to life. With a very positive attitude, this group is bringing together fans of Beirut in a community of people who value good music, finding themselves and providing these people with a new motivation and greater perspective.
Last Sunday, Aug. 30, the “Beirutando” event took place at the Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo, as well as in other states in Brazil – Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, and the positive energy was so contagious that not only Beirut fans were enjoying it – it also caught the attention of many others who had never heard of Beirut before, but were deeply appreciating their music and the rapport built by the group (and are probably new fans of Beirut now!) The musicians, who had been rehearsing during several months, made an extraordinary performance playing Beirut’s songs and interacting with the audience, which generated a very positive response.
I had the opportunity not only to join the community and have a taste of this exciting musical experience, but also to witness what I’ve been longing to see in the music world: musicians who encompass what I call the “essence of music”. That is:-Passion
Now while this is something quite rare to find, this event has given me better hopes and perspective to keep believing in music. The idea was very clear in my mind, but now that I’ve experienced it for real I feel more like contributing to building this huge community of people who seek to find meaning through music - that is how the group that created “Beirutando” have been spreading the message: music can connect people.
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