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Yo-Yo Ma: A Pandemic Angel

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It’s not everyday you get to experience heavenly music for free. That’s what happened last Sunday, when a man decided to uplift tired souls with his cello. Yo-Yo Ma is a Chinese-American musician who, at age 65, continues to gain success in his field. Winning awards (including numerous grammys) and playing for nine American presidents are only some of his achievements. Despite all this, Yo-Yo Ma remains humble and altruistic.  

The Story

After receiving his second dose of vaccine at a clinic in Massachusetts, Yo-Yo Ma sat in the post-vaccine observation area. With 15 minutes to spare, he brought out his cello and gave everyone an impromptu concert. Wearing a mask, seated against the wall, he played the whole time for those who were there. It was a pleasant surprise for both the newly-vaccinated individuals and the staff. Some pulled out their phones to capture the wonderful moment, while others took the chance to enjoy what they’d have to pay to see elsewhere. Yo-Yo Ma sait it was his own way of giving back. 

A Message of Hope

Since last year, Yo-Yo Ma has been doing his angelic work both online and off. He shares #SongsOfComfort on social media, plays pop-up concerts, and live streams for essential workers. He also produced an album with pianist Kathryn Stott called Songs of Hope and Comfort, which included a song for the Black Lives Matter movement. “All of these songs have specific meaning for people in different places,” Ma said.   

Angels Like Yo-Yo Ma

You don’t have to be a renowned cellist or anything special to be an angel. If you have a heart that’s willing to reach out and give what you can, you’re already one. There are many more like Yo-Yo Ma out there, just not all seen. Especially in these times we live in now, we need even more of them. You can be an angel if you choose to! 

Angels truly live among us. We’re just not aware most of the time. Your neighbor, colleague, or even that stranger you just passed by on the street might be one. Their halos aren’t always visible, but they touch lives even without recognition. Your simple smile or “thank you” can be a huge reward.

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Written by Hannah Grace

Fighting both real and imaginary shadows everyday with music and words.

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