The saddest and most beautiful video I’ve ever seen

When Florence And The Machine singer Florence Welch and guitarist Rob Ackroyd learned one of their teenage fans couldn’t make it to a show, they went to her Hospice room with a guitar, sat on her bed and played their hearts out.

“Hospice Austin’s 15-year-old patient had long planned to go see Florence and the Machine with her BFF at the Austin 360 amphitheater; she was bitterly disappointed when her health prevented her from attending. So Florence came to her at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House,” Hospice staff wrote. “Thank you, Florence, for your loving kindness, and for making our patient’s day.”

The duo sang ‘Dog Days Are Over’ and ‘Shake It Out’ alongside a roomful of the girl’s friends and Hospice staff. It’s an incredible reminder of how powerful music is. It binds us together in love, sadness, life and death, and somehow manages to convey emotions we can’t put into words.

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The lyrics to Shake it Out feel particularly poignant in the video:

And I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart
‘Cause I like to keep my issues drawn
It’s always darkest before the dawn

Thank you Florence Welch and Rob Ackroyd for reminding us to pause and recognize this strange miracle called life.

(via NME).

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2 comments to “The saddest and most beautiful video I’ve ever seen”
  1. I dare anyone to watch that without tearing up. What a beautiful moment. With gratitude to all involved and prayers for the young girl, her family and friends.

  2. I’m at a loss for words, mainly because it’s hard to speak when crying. I was never a fan of Florence & The Machine, but I am now and always will be.

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