On his journey to happiness, a music man finds an unexpected audience

Reporter: Sydney Persing Writer: Melissa Montoya
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Bobby Zampetti plays his accordion for a herd of cows.

The past year of loss and isolation has impacted people in different ways. Now everyone is trying to find their way back to normalcy and joy.

One man in Southwest Florida is on the journey one tune at a time.

Bobby Zampetti has loved music all his life. But he’s never played for an audience in the Florida “countryside” though.

Until now.

“I thought where’s LeBelle,” Zampetti said. “2.5 hours? Worth the ride.”

And Zampetti drove the 154 mile journey from Clearwater until he found a patch of grass next to some livestock.

And he performed for a herd of cows.

“I’m having fun,” Zampetti said. “Hey, I have a standing room-only crowd!”

The COVID-19 hasn’t been easy for anyone, Zampetti included.

He lives all by himself, so for more than a year he’s been alone.

“I’ll tell you overcoming the loneliness, music is amazing,” Zampetti said.

Zampetti does this to make himself smile at a time when smiling doesn’t come easy.

“I heard horns honking, they had to be wondering what is he doing? we must be only 20 feet from the highway,” he said.

Sometimes the cows opt for a front-row seat.

“I was so happy,” Zampetti said. “I heard in my head it’s working they’re coming to me!”

Sometimes they sit back and leave him alone.

Some might not get it, but for Zampetti it was about doing what makes him happy and sharing it with the world.

“Music is the soul’s own speech, and that’s kind of what my COVID experience was like, music was my joy,” Zampetti said. “I just hope your audience finds happiness in the music and the cows the way I did.”

To watch Zampetti perform for a herd of cows, click here.

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