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Charlottesville area musicians remix a song to encourage community during COVID-19

Musicians performing Lean on Me
Updated: Apr. 27, 2020 at 10:27 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Dozens of central Virginia musicians remixed a classic song to encourage everyone in the community to come together during this COVID-19 crisis.

Musicians say they have been hit hard by the pandemic while they are away from their stages and fans, but this is a way of creating their own stage right at home.

Charlottesville Instrumentalist Ondra Riegel came up with the idea of this composition of Lean on Me by Bill Withers with multiple instruments. “I asked my friends and musicians and their friends to submit four bars of the song within a week, and after a week I received 52 submissions."

Musicians may not be able to physically see their fans, but the message is clear - I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you to carry on.

The video was released Sunday and already nearly 2,000 views on YouTube. If you would like to see the video, click here.