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Songs of Comfort

Music is something that actually looks into the inside, that that knows no boundaries, and if we can actually express what is in our insides and show that, then this is the beginning of a deeper understanding of one another. …

We’re collecting what is personal, what is true, what is trustworthy, what is community, because community is nothing except what is based on truth.

– Yo-Yo Ma on PBS News Hour, March 18, 2020

Yo-Yo Ma has started a hashtag, #songsofcomfort, as a way to share music that brings him comfort and encourages others to offer their own songs. Pieces from around the world are being uploaded at

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