Pastor Archbishop Timothy Paul was walking out of a cafe in Downtown Springfield on Friday when he noticed another Springfield native Shamrok playing on a community piano and created a song symbolic of the times we are living in.
“I was just coming out of the cafe and I heard that groove and it caught hold of me. The lyrics that came forth were inspired by the times we are living in with this pandemic,” said Paul. “ I really felt the essence of our shared sacrifice and humanity. It was beautiful to create something with passion on the fly with another artist.”
Lmao ayo I was just playing keys and this pastor comes thru and kills it. Peep the walk off at the end 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/i2EpXHpJvt— SHAMROK (@ShamrokMusic) May 15, 2020
The video was posted on Twitter and went viral now having been viewed 2.9 million times since Friday.
A native of Springfield, Paul is a veteran community leader with more than 37 years of service and is the senior pastor of The Christian Cathedral on Eastern Ave.
The piano that was being played by Shamrok is one of the Painted Pianos in downtown Springfield that were painted by local artists and placed in public spaces through a program by the Springfield Cultural Partnership.