Singing
Italian busker performs flawless Pink Floyd cover that gathers a crowd
Passersby stopped mid-stroll when they heard his rendition.
Jenny Brown
10.18.21

Chances are, you’ve heard the age-old saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

After listening to the immensely talented Italian busker, we’ve found a much better way to put the famous proverb. It should go something like this: “When in Rome, listen to Serin because everyone does.”

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So, who is Serin?

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Serin Halim is an Italian busker who regularly performs in front of the Pantheon in Rome.

The man is already famous among locals and tourists alike because his phenomenal covers of Pink Floyd songs stay engraved in your memory. We’ve all heard of Pink Floyd, but for those who haven’t, they are an English progressive rock band. Halim performs their song “Time” in the video, the fourth track on their 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon.

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Since Pink Floyd is considered to be one of the most influential bands in music history, it’s quite hard to do a decent cover of any of their songs.

The band used to create very vivid live shows, and it’s hard to reproduce the energy the group knew how to deliver. However, Halim attracts people with his amazing voice and excellent guitar playing.

All he has is an old Stratocaster and his own skillful fingers.

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Halim always carries an amplifier and his black guitar.

It’s a black Stratocaster, similar to one David Gilmour had. There’s an excited crowd around him, and we can see on people’s faces that they recognize the Pink Floyd vibe in his performance. The audience doesn’t even blink—that’s how much everyone seems to enjoy his voice. There’s one moment when a cop starts talking to him and Halim doesn’t miss a chord at all. He just remains cool and keeps going.

That’s how you know the man loves music and is a master of his craft.

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Anyone would absolutely hate to be interrupted in the middle of a solo like that, but Halim shakes it off like a professional.

It would be fantastic if a talented man like him got signed! He would have an opportunity to perform for a large audience without being interrupted. As this clip shows, the real talent is on the streets sometimes.

It’s interesting to hear “Time” being performed in front of Pantheon.

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It’s definitely interesting to hear a modern piece about the unavoidable nature of time being played in front of an ancient building.

It makes you think about the past and future at the same time because all our buildings will be the new ruins thousands of years from now. This is how we know that music inspires and touches us. It’s a magical moment when the audio and visual collide, and we get to see a different perspective.

Music truly makes the world go-’round, and when a man plays it as well as Halim does, then he deserves the biggest round of applause and some of your money.

The video is over five years old now – but still a hit.

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This magical performance was captured on camera in 2015, and since then, 7.5 million YouTube viewers have already had the opportunity to enjoy it.

You’ll be glad to know that you can also hear it live because Halim still performs in Italy. We just hope that the complicated situation regarding coronavirus will not affect his earnings a lot! From what we’ve heard, that spot in front of Pantheon wouldn’t be the same without him.

Watch his mesmerizing performance in the video below.

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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