Impromptu
Italian street musician serenades public on Roman street with perfect Pink Floyd cover
I love how he doesn't miss a beat when the officer starts talking to him. He's a true musician and there's no pausing him. 🤩
Jessica Adler
02.21.23

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

We’ve all heard of that age-old adage before, haven’t we? The catch phrase has hung on for a reason. It makes sense.

One thing that saying should be taken to automatically imply is experiencing all that a place, particularly Rome has to offer.

And, in addition to all of the ancient architecture, with its cobblestone streets leading to long-loved art pieces worth their weight in gold, Rome offer something else to see.

Meet Serin Halim.

YouTube Screenshot - Santiago Casas
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YouTube Screenshot - Santiago Casas

So, who is Serin?

Well, he’s a busker, for one. Also known as a street musician, Serin tickles the ears of locals and tourists alike as he serenades them with some of his favorite songs.

YouTube Screenshot - Santiago Casas
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YouTube Screenshot - Santiago Casas

His favorite hangout? The Pantheon.

Serin 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.

YouTube Screenshot - Santiago Casas
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YouTube Screenshot - Santiago Casas

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.

But Serin masters it.

Pink Floyd 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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YouTube Screenshot - Santiago Casas

Halim carries two things

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.

YouTube Screenshot - Santiago Casas
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YouTube Screenshot - Santiago Casas

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

The man should be signed, now.

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.

YouTube Screenshot - Santiago Casas
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YouTube Screenshot - Santiago Casas

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 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 amassed millions of views.

YouTube Screenshot - Santiago Casas
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YouTube Screenshot - Santiago Casas

Halim’s soulful performance of just this song alone has received over 8 million views on YouTube. Every note he stretches out is a treat for anyone who’s willing to hear.

Thankfully, Halim can still be found playing in front of the Pantheon in the streets of Rome, and he is every bit worth hearing.

See Halim serenade the captivated passersby in Rome with a Pink Floyd song in the video below!

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By Jessica Adler
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Jessica Adler is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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