Inspirational

 

Not a word I use much, ‘inspirational’. I tend more towards eyeball-rolling. This, however, certainly is inspirational, and well worth a few minutes of your time:

These are kids from a slum in Paraguay called Cateura. They’re playing – beautifully – instruments that are made out of stuff reclaimed from a landfill. They’re remarkable, and the fact that they’ve managed to achieve this level of musicianship using, essentially, bits of garbage that other people threw away should make those of us lucky enough to have been born in wealthier countries feel very, very small indeed, at least for a moment.