Today, searching the Internet for “tributes” I found the sweet story of a “Letter from Fred”, the account of one 96-year-old man who submitted a song to an online contest, and by the response of the studio, touched the world.

The Green Shoe Studio, driven by a mission to change the world one song at a time, responded to Fred Stobaugh’s submission. They put music to his song, recorded it, and published a Youtube and video about the process and Fred’s response. The story about Fred’s song grew viral and became a movement of inspiration that celebrates our human capacity to love another and share about it.

If Fred had not stepped forward to submit the song though he did not follow the guidelines, if Green Shoe Studio had not responded to Fred’s touching sentiments, the world would not have experienced a bit of magic that happens when creative expression is met with open generosity and human care.