2020 has been quite the year. With the ongoing pandemic, the election cycle, and countless other concerns, we’re all feeling the pressure.
Unfortunately, our situation isn’t getting better yet. More people are testing positive for the virus in hot spots across the U.S., not to mention severe spikes occurring across Europe.
Now with positive case totals rising in Europe, Spain is facing the possibility of closing down again in an effort to improve their numbers.
But according to one gentleman, when you’re surrounded by chaos, the best thing to do is create something beautiful.
In response to Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s latest lockdown restrictions, which includes traveling outside the home for essential purposes only, the people of Barcelona left their homes behind and began to riot.
In a video caught on Twitter, there were fires, gunshots, and people rioting in the streets.
But amidst it all, the song “Eternal Flame” rose as a gentleman sat in the middle of all the chaos, playing a street piano.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) November 2, 2020
The video began with flashing lights, police vehicles driving by, shouting, and gunshots.
There was a moment of someone running onto the scene, right next to the pianist, to throw something into the crowd before rushing away again.
Throughout the brief video, there were jarring gunshots and constant shouting, but the pianist never even paused, leaning in over the keys as he played, with onlookers surrounding him in a sort of protective fashion.
The irony did not escape some Twitter users, noting the pianist’s choice of The Bangles’ “Eternal Flame” in the middle of the protests.
eternal flame by the bangles is now the official 2020 theme song. 😭
— listen, but observe. (@teli) November 2, 2020
Plays Eternal Flame as the city burns behind him🤔
— This Is Anfield Ireland (@TIAIreland_EK) November 1, 2020
is the song he's playing An Eternal Flame by the Bangles?! Wow, appropiate, isn't it?😳 He's trying to have peace in the middle of a storm. God bless them.
— Rich Levy (@RichLevy5) November 2, 2020
When the world ends and we all get killed, this is how I want to go out. Playing an instrument among the chaos. Better yet, playing a song by The Bangles! Am I only dreaming?
— Lee Jun-fan (@IthyTim) November 2, 2020
Others said the whole scene reminded them of the emotionally iconic orchestra scene at the end of The Titanic.
Reminds me of the band on the Titanic. pic.twitter.com/5sM0l8Osai
— 🦃 The Republic 🦃 #JusticeForJohnnyDepp (@BrianRebellion) November 2, 2020
Reminds me of when the Titanic was sinking. The 4 violinists playing so beautifully…
— MilosMom (@ILoveMyMilo) November 2, 2020
Reminds of that scene in 'Titanic' when the ship was sinking and the musicians kept playing on
— Flushtheturdonnovember3rd🚽 💩🤡🌈♐️🌊🥀 (@Gitsie007) November 2, 2020
yes, but what else is a musician to do? accept what's going to happen with as much grace as possible
— Spooky Stevie (@StevieJarosz) November 2, 2020
Some agreed and said the moment was “so 2020.”
What an incredible image, captures the times perfectly.
— Private Instigator (@prvtinstigator) November 2, 2020
2020 in a nut shell
— yrk (@yrkiee) November 1, 2020
I feel like this vid describes all of 2020 so far
— T (@toldsomefables) November 2, 2020
2020 is insane
— Tom Wolters (@Tom_Wolters) November 2, 2020
Maybe the most 2020 video to ever exist https://t.co/9Ak5pvFCqW
— Kirk McKeand (@MckKirk) November 2, 2020
Others made a little more light of it, referring back to a well-known meme.
It’s this meme IRL pic.twitter.com/KN3Bw7eLJc
— BostonWriter (@bostonwriter) November 2, 2020
It’s giving… pic.twitter.com/PnqIhzmFzp
— Ed🗽🤠🇨🇴 (@myVisaExpired) November 2, 2020
It's like a view of the inside of my head right now..
— Ahriman Angra Mainyu (@TheDevilsfavour) November 2, 2020
— KrazyRussianAmerican🇺🇸 (@KrazyRussian13) November 2, 2020
But some couldn’t make light of it, made incredibly emotional by the scene.
May we all find a pursuit – be it the arts, science, or religion – that holds our attention, even as the world around us devolves into utter chaos.
— Yehuda Krohn (@YehudaKrohn) November 2, 2020
That gentleman has much more power than some characters in politics
— maría isabel alvarez (@326chabela) November 2, 2020
It is getting so out of hand on what is going on in the world today people trying to show lots of love and unity and others are ruining it by going on a rampage
— Holly Dougher (@HollyDougher) November 2, 2020
I swear we’re living in an alternative universe at the moment 🤷🏻♂️
— xrpeanuts (@xrpeanuts1) November 2, 2020
This was surely a diamond-in-the-rough moment in 2020, especially during yet another rioting scene. If there’s anything we can take away from this gentleman’s persistence, it’s to do our best to contribute to the beautiful, even when everything else feels crazed.