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Back in July during one of the PYPT afterchats, @sgt-dan suggested that the people in the Steemit Ramble do videos where they sing a song and then they are compiled into a video to be used as a fundraiser for @youarehope and @tarc.

I thought about it a bit and then agreed that it would be a great idea and I’d like it released by September 1st. The concept very much matched my sense of community. The release date would be near my 60th birthday and I thought it would be a great way to celebrate with community.

After some further discussion about what was needed to accomplish this @bluefinstudios very deftly led the ‘meeting’ in nominating and acclaiming @snook to lead #teamwemadesnookdoit. After some initial shock and confusion at being on the receiving side of her own abilities, she agreed.

Shortly after, I received my first directive from our team leader. I was to do a three minute audio about community and how I feel about it. I was to have that ready by August 15th. Well, I pulled it off by the 18th. A few days ago, @snook asked for some photos from my community.

There was some discussion about the song to be used. I liked the suggestion of “Lean on Me”. @isaria agreed to take a look at the lyrics and see if Steem oriented lyrics could be developed. @thehive tossed out some suggested lyrics and they were passed on to @isaria.

What I didn’t know at that point was that @snook and others were preparing to put their own spin on the video. The fundraiser was becoming a birthday video for me. What a kind, thoughtful gift.

The group that had the meetup in Atlanta did a video using the original lyrics of the song. That has been released in my post:
ULOG: Breaking News From the Atlanta Meetup — Early Birthday Gift for @shadowspub . The liquid payout for that has been split between @youarehope and @tarc as will the payout from this post.

Here is the video after many hours of editing work by @snook:

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What an incredibly kind gift. Thank you everyone involved in making this. Anyone who thinks real relationships can’t be developed online has never experienced the very real connections that are made in our Steem communities here on Discord and on the blockchain as you read through comments and engagement on posts. They are real, the people are real and so are the interactions. This has been borne out from the way people immediately mesh when they meet up offline.

Where else but in this community can people from all over the world contribute the necessary ingredients to be able to create a video that can seem like it was created in one room by a group of people? What a great time we’re experiencing. We are the early adaptors and I couldn’t be more proud of what is emerging through this blockchain technology.