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Intimidating busker plays tender cover of ‘Someone You Loved’

February 15th, 2021

Even if you don’t know the name, nearly everyone has heard the song “Someone You Loved.”

It’s originally by pop artist Lewis Capaldi, and it has swept the world.

Some may even associated this hit song with another hit song back in the 2000s, “Dragostea Din Tei” by the Moldovan pop group O-Zone. Surely I can’t be the only one who can see the similarity in tune, right?

All kidding aside, this sleeper hit song of 2019 garnered massive commercial and critical success—and it also made a Scottish busker rack up over two million views on YouTube with his own rendition.

It was a cloudy day in Argyll Street in Glasgow City Centre when Ben Monteith decided to play his rendition of Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved.”

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Pedestrians strolled down the busy streets of Argyll on a cold spring day as they huddled in their sweaters and coats for warmth.

Some of them were off to work while others were out for a jog or a quick ride. Others were looking for picturesque scenes to be posted on their social media accounts. Instead, everyone who was there that day stumbled on this gem instead!

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Ben Monteith is a busker hailing all the way from Scotland.

He may resemble Aquaman, but he’s also rich in talent and has so much passion for music.

Ben begins to strum his guitar embroidered with colorful designs, his long dreadlocks swaying along with the music he is creating.

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The timbre of his voice is thick that it is akin to Lewis Capaldi or James Arthur.

His guitar playing is accompanied by his makeshift drums, making him a one-man-band. The guy is so good at performing the song that the old man beside him can’t help but tap his fingers on his cup of coffee while staring at the shop’s mirror, pretending to be nonchalant.

In the middle part of the video, you can also see a cyclist jamming to the song with a big smile on his face as he taps on his knees.

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During the last moments of the video, the old man has now caved in the music’s calling and is now singing along as he bangs his head to the rhythm of the drums as he finishes his drink.

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In an interview with the French magazine Brut, Capaldi revealed that this song applies to both of his romantic relationships ending and the bereavement in the family, particularly the loss of his grandmother.

The raspiness in Ben’s voice adds to the pain of the message.

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The quality of Ben’s voice perfectly captured the emotion and his delivery of the song made people stop on their tracks and enjoy his music.

Capaldi also added that the open-ended lyrics in the song were a choice he made because he got bored of talking about himself. Instead, he dedicates this song to those people who can relate to his songs, why the song is important to them and how it helped them to cope.

Some talents are found not only on stage but also on the streets!

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Ben is so talented and passionate about the music that not only his fans but also talent scouts from different TV shows invited him to audition.

Still, he says that he’s not interested—and that such things rob the authenticity of the music. At any rate, he still shares his talents with the world through performances like this one!

Watch the full thing by clicking on the link below:

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Source: YouTube/Mark McLaren

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