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Cedar Falls teen plays music for people stuck at home during pandemic

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Technology has helped make social distancing measure feel not so isolating. Cedar Falls' Carter Guse is using YouTube to his advantage as a way to help people make it through these stressful times.

With performances canceled due to COVID-19 fears, Guse wanted to keep his skills up and a way to do it was to go online and perform his music there.

Guse utilized YouTube Live to perform music and take requests Friday, March 20. He plans to do so on Fridays from now on.

"The 50s, 60, 70s and 80s. That's where it's at for me. It has a lot of good sound qualities. I like the sound of the guitars, the instruments," he said. Guse also performs original music as well.

He said the idea came about as older relatives became homebound during the pandemic.

"My grandma had a spinal tumor a few years ago, so she's already been not as mobile and is locked in a little bit more now," he said.

His grandparents in Minnesota are also staying in to help distance themselves during the pandemic. Guse said by him playing music live online, it's a way for people to stay involved and have something to look forward to.

"I love music so why not? It's great. It's a win-win. I get to do what I love and I get to help people," he said.

Guse's YouTube channel can be found here. He plans to stream his performances at 7 p.m. on Fridays.

Collin Dorsey

Weekend Anchor

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