By Lindsey Hoffmann
Long-time local musician Bobby Suit recently started an exciting project called “The Gift of Music.” Suit said he was inspired by a viral music video he found on YouTube called “Playing For Change,” where people from around the world sang the same song, bringing together different cultures. For this project, Suit’s idea is to have local artists from in and around the Greenwood area create a compilation video. The final product will come out sometime in April.
The local musicians involved are Jackson Station, a blue grass band, Hack and Jake Bartley, father and son combo playing the sax and guitar, Lander faculty member Robert Gardner on sax, Swingin’ Medallion and solo headliner Gray Hines and many more. Suit stated that all these artists have such different music backgrounds, different ages and personalities so seeing them all collaborate together will hopefully shed a positive message around the town of Greenwood.
“The “Playing for Change” video inspired me; our hope is to inspire future musicians. Ultimately, I would like to use the video to solicit charities, then use the money to buy used instruments and distribute them in areas where kids need a positive influence the most,” Suit explained,
Lander professor and founder of Greenwood Calendar Dr. Robert Stevenson is also working with Suit on the Gift of Music project. Stevenson said, “When Bobby approached me about working with him on this project, I was excited to not only showcase some of our awesome local musicians, but I’m also really happy to help support budding musicians who might not otherwise have the chance.”