MINNEAPOLIS — Neighbors craving signs of hope are finding it in song, on their front steps, balconies and the porches of their homes.
For four nights straight, Michele Hoch has stood in front of her South Minneapolis home singing John Lennon’s Imagine.
For the first time, she was joined by her upstairs neighbor, Karen Smith, singing from her balcony.
“Stuck at home,” Karen laughs. “Introverts unite.”
Inspired by a community in Italy during its battle with coronavirus, the 7 p.m. nightly sing-along has gained traction on social media and spread to neighborhood across the Twin Cities.
“They may be the only person on their block, but it just makes you feel connected to your community,” Hoch says.
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