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New Yorkers sing 'Lean on Me' to honor essential workers

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New Yorkers sing 'Lean on Me' to honor essential workers

New Yorkers sing 'Lean on Me' to honor essential workers

New Yorkers broke into a rendition of the 1972 Bill Withers classic 'Lean on Me' from their windows and balconies on Thursday in honor of essential workers.

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New Yorkers applauded, banged pots and pans, and, shortly after the 7:00 p.m.

"Clap Because We Care", broke into a collective rendition of the 1972 Bill Withers's classic "Lean on Me" from their windows and balconies to honor essential workers on Thursday (April 23).

Organizers of the "New York Sings Along", said the goal was to boost morale, honor all workers on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic, and to let everyone experience the healing power of communal singing, obeying social-distancing rules.

"It's amazing," said Robert Hornsby, director of fundraising at the Peace of Heart Choir non-profit in New York City, after he had finished playing the song from his window.

"The amount of energy that we've received, and the amount of energy that we're giving, has really lifted the spirits of New Yorkers, and we hope people across the nation, too." Every week, the non-profit picks one song, and plays it after applause for essential workers on Thursday nights.

Next week, it will be "Stand by Me".




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