Man Sings God Bless America From Balcony To Rapturous Applause
A group of apartment buildings burst into rapturous applause as a man in isolation sings a rousing rendition of “God Bless America” in front of a spectacular sunset. On lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thomas Blaney, 72, stood on the balcony of his sixth-floor Marco Island, Florida, condo on April 3 and began to sing at the top of his lungs. When he finished the song, the adjacent buildings began whooping and cheering, sharing in Tom’s positivity and thanking him for his resonant performance. The moment was captured on video by Tom’s partner, Lynn Schweinshaut, who said Tom took it upon himself to perform the song as a sign of hope during a time of despair. The couple reside in Harwich Port, Massachusetts, but have been staying at the apartment since March 14, before the state issued its stay-at-home order. Lynn said Tom, a retired teacher of 35 years, has been performing every night, and plans to continue doing so until their tentative departure date of April 25.
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