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Gay musician plays mesmerising cover of Céline Dion from his balcony amid Spain’s coronavirus lockdown

Josh Milton March 19, 2020
Gay pianist Alberto Gestoso played Céline Dion's iconic number to cooped-up locals while Spain is under coronavirus lockdown. (Screen captures via Instagram)

Gay pianist Alberto Gestoso played Céline Dion's iconic number to cooped-up locals while Spain is under coronavirus lockdown. (Screen captures via Instagram)

Under lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, songs have begun to break out from rooftops, apartment balconies and windows in Spain.

Spaniards blocked in their homes to curb the climbing rate of COVID-19 made the most of quarantine by singing Céline Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and, no, you’re crying right now.

Gay musician Alberto Gestoso had locals in tears when he wheeled out his piano and played a soulful rendition of the iconic number out of his multi-story apartment block.

Saxophonist Alexander Lebron Torrent later joined in, as housebound locals cheered and jived away, looking over a street once heaving with pedestrians which now stands still and silent.

Gay Spanish pianist performs ‘My Heart Will Go On’ to housebound locals.  

Filmed on Gestoso’s partner’s mobile, it opens with the familiar notes of the Titanic theme song before the saxophonist starts and you start breaking down in tears.

Román Santana uploaded the footage on his Instagram Monday, and it’s tallied more than two million views.

The pair are oppressively attractive, which really helps, to be honest.

Reading music sheet from his tablet, Gestoso’s toned arms and piano have become a daily fixture in his neighbourhood.

The pianist has uploaded an array of daily videos of himself performing for cooped-up citizens, whose glee reflects the extraordinary spirit and resilience of a nation experiencing an emergency like no other.

Spain is on lockdown as coronavirus epidemic worsens. 

With around 8,000 people sickened and almost 300 dead, Spain is experiencing a scene all too familiar for European neighbours.

The country’s citizens remain under house arrest as COVID-19 bears down on Spain’s public healthcare system.

Barcelona, Spain, is virtually still since leaders announced a lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
Barcelona, Spain, is virtually still since leaders announced a lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, imposed drastic constrictions on daily life. Barcelona’s bars are now barren, bakeries and supermarkets shuttered and families cloistered into their homes.

The city is silent, but songs and joy are beginning to spill out of apartment buildings onto vacated streets all over the world.

COVID-19 is trying the souls of many, with a vicious volley of updates of death tolls, democracy tested by lawmakers and workers and business owners terrified of what the future holds.

But what gestures as simple as singing a beloved song from a balcony on a cool spring day shows is that the hearts of people will, indeed, go on and on.

More: celine dion, Coronavirus, COVID-19, My heart will go on, Spain

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