A pianist who was filmed calmly playing a tune on a Barcelona street even as protesters started fires and clashed with the police is being widely shared on social media.
In the video, the pianist is seen playing the tune of ‘Eternal Flame’, a song originally recorded by The Bangles, even as protests are on in the street behind him.
He continues playing even as there are explosions, wailing sirens and protesters running through the streets. Bystanders are seen looking at the pianist and the chaos behind them.
The pianist, identified as Peter William Geddes said he was playing at the Plaça Nova on October 31, but told The Guardian that he felt “peaceful” despite the chaos behind him. “When I play I am very calm. No nerves,” he told the newspaper.
Hundreds had gathered to demonstrate against new restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the region, including a curfew and a ban on leaving the city over a holiday weekend. The protests erupted after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez issued orders declaring a state of emergency and imposed a nationwide curfew between 11 pm and 6 am.
The original video of Geddes’s on Instagram only had a few thousand views, but it was widely shared on Twitter getting nearly 3.5 million views. And there were plenty of reactions to it:
This has such 2020 energy https://t.co/4685srJKb5
— Jonathan Reynolds (@jreynoldsMP) November 2, 2020
How to explain 2020 to your grandkids in 30 years time. https://t.co/yXL6kAJlRY
— Ronan Healy (@HeresRo) November 3, 2020
2020 the movie!
World War Z meets the Pianist. https://t.co/KaYj0Fc0Fd
— Areyoureallythatstupid (@Areyoureallyth2) November 2, 2020
This has been done in so many movies. The one that comes to mind is the opening scene of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, when Groot’s grooving to Mr. Blue Sky while chaos unfold around him. https://t.co/TdtaUiQYQ4
— David Aames (@DavidAames23001) November 3, 2020
Before 2020 I would only expect to see this in a Hollywood film and not in real life
— GaryVR (@_GaryVR) November 2, 2020
Me too, lol musicians calmly going down with the ship
— Westley Malmberg (@Malmbergs926) November 2, 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
That’s dedication. Something explodes behind him? Doesn’t even flinch.
— Real Life Ghost Stories Podcast (@RealGhostPod) November 2, 2020
This is like a renaissance painting in video form.
— The Shandy (@IntoTheShandy) November 2, 2020
This is amazing. At one point there’s even an explosion timed with the chord change
— Benjamin Ramm (@BenjaminRamm) November 2, 2020
I love how he never loses focus or stops playing. He’s so happy. And the woman is torn but keeps coming back to the music. ❤️
— @double_L13 (@double_L13) November 2, 2020
Amazing and genuinely extraordinary. Weirder than even it should be.
— MuckingFental (@alwaysemailanna) November 2, 2020
The movement of the police vehicles appears to have a balletic choreography to it. As long as he only has a few around him being calmed by the music, not a huge crowd, the police would be best off letting him continue. Their targets are the angry protesters. Keep playing 🎹 🎶 🎵
— John Dunne ♿👨🏻🦼 (@safc4ever) November 2, 2020
Pretty good life advice for 2020 in general, ‘no matter what gets thrown at you… just keep playing’! #dedication
— Sarah Hanstock (@sarahhanstock) November 2, 2020
This video DEFINITELY needs to be played on December 31 at 11:59pm as a highlight to 2020. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
— OutKast, Ed. (@outkast_ed) November 1, 2020
A spokesman for the Mossos d’Esquadra regional police told AFP up to 700 protesters attended the rally. The rally turned violent when a group of some 50 people “began throwing dangerous objects” at the police, prompting them to try and break up the crowd.