New Jersey video producer brings people from around the world together for song during pandemic

SICKLERVILLE, N.J. (KYW Newsradio)  How are you spending these days cooped up at home? A South Jersey video producer decided to team up with his music mixing neighbor to produce a video aimed at lifting viewers' emotions up a bit — and they went to great lengths to get it done.

A Hawaiian musician put “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” together with “What a Wonderful World” back in 1993.

Now, during the pandemic, Ron Cohen of Out of the Blue Productions and his next door neighbor, Matt Campana, gathered more than 30 people from all walks of life from Europe to South Jersey to Asia to do their own video.

Cohen enlisted Joanne Clendening of Pilesgrove, Salem County to take part.

“This was really a nice breath of fresh air to just be able to see all of these people from all over the world and connect with them,” Clendening said. “It was really emotionally very uplifting.”  

Few knew each other before their performance, and it took about two weeks to put together. Cohen put the video on YouTube about a week and a half ago, and it now has thousands of views.

“Total strangers have been signing things and putting things out there saying they watched it several times, they shared it with friends and cried every time they watched it,” he said. “It has touched such a chord in people and been just so humbling through all this.”

His hope is to bring home a sentiment you’ve probably heard a lot lately: We’re all in this together.

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CORRECTIONS: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the name of Ron Cohen's production company.