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The Landfill Harmonic: A sweet symphony

By: Simone Castello
Canadian Living
Culture & Entertainment

The Landfill Harmonic: A sweet symphony

By: Simone Castello
This past Sunday, 60 Minutes covered a story that performed straight to my heart. The place? Caetura, Paraguay, one of the poorest slums in Latin America. The focus? Garbage pickers who make a simple living from the massive garbage heap in their town. The story? The world sends them garbage, and they send back music. The residents of this small town collect pieces from the garbage tossed into the giant heap, and create beautifully crafted instruments that sound good enough to rival even the most expensive of orchestra equipment. That's right -- musical instruments made from garbage. Don't believe me? Just watch this video, below. Pay particular attention to 00:38 (where a boy describes how his cello is made, and then performs one of my favourite tunes). Also, at 09:36, you'll get to watch the little orchestra perform a familiar piece. [HTML1] I couldn't help but tear up when I watched them perform. It's such a beautiful story and a reminder that we can do so much with so little. Creativity knows no bounds if you embrace it. I find The Landfill Harmonic inspiring. What's inspiring you?
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