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What the World Needs Now Is This Student-Made Video


When songwriting team Burt Bacharach and Hal David released the song What the World Needs Now Is Love (originally sung by Jackie DeShannon) in 1965, the United States was deeply divided over the war in Vietnam. Bacharach was initially nervous about the songs reception given the fragile cultural environment, but the song became a top ten hit and brought people together under its call for unity.

Fifty-five years later, many around the world are experiencing a time of unprecedented physical separation due to the rise and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As students shift into online classes for the rest of the semester, Boston Conservatory at Berklee student Shelbie Rassler kicked things off with her own version of Bacharachs anthem of connection, joined by a virtual orchestra of 74 of her Berklee peers from the Conservatory and the College. Rassler, a senior majoring in composition and a 2019 Presser Scholar, came up with the idea on her plane journey home to Florida, and produced, arranged, and edited the video herself.

Watch Rassler and her peers perform a virtual rendition of What the World Needs Now Is Love:

Video of What the World Needs Now - for Virtual Orchestra

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