Street cellist offers incredible cover of ‘Over the Rainbow’

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Mike Wehner

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Published Jun 20, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 12:58 pm CDT

If there’s one place you probably wouldn’t expect to hear a world-class rendition of “Over the Rainbow”—played on a cello, no less—it’s right out on the sidewalk, but that’s just what musician Aaron Gage treated passersby to as they strolled through the RIO Washingtonian Center in Maryland last week. 

Gage’s performance begins with some fantastic cello, before he stretches his lungs and belts out some seriously excellent vocals. The recording of the performance is obviously not the best, given that it was captured in such a public place along with lots and lots of background noise, but it’s still a fantastic watch nonetheless. 

YouTube commenters, as always, have found something to complain about, and some are insisting that the song itself “wasn’t meant to be sung in baritone.” I think it’s safe to say those folks have lost their minds. 

Screencap via chinechinecherie/YouTube

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*First Published: Jun 20, 2015, 12:27 pm CDT