Five Target employees who recorded a musical farewell on their final day of work have seen their improvised video go viral in a matter of days.
Kyle Vanderberg, Liam McDonald, Liam Kelly, Brady Zomer and Evan Holbein had discussed different ways they could mark the store’s closure and had planned on playing Semisonic’s “Closing Time” over the PA system.
Instead, the Victoria workers decided to take it one step closer and record their own acoustic version of the ‘90s hit.
Evan Holbein, who plays a make-shift set of drums in the clip, said the making of video was incredible straight-forward:
“In one take, and no practice, we took to our make shift instruments. I sat and played a shopping basket with two plastic hangers, Liam M grabbed a hanger bar to use as a faux-mic, and Eric mounted up his camera and masterfully filmed and edited this bad boy,” he said on Facebook.
Holbein added that the heart-felt rendition was a way to say goodbye to a job they all loved:
“With Brady and Liam K (Skipper) pulling us along, we poured our heart into our final goodbye through song, to a job we loved, and a building that contains so many great memories!”
The video has even gained high-profile approval from Semisonic drummer Jacob Slichter, who said he fuond the video "really powerful."
"The slow walk through the empty store and the sounds of things being loaded in the background. I really hope those guys find jobs," he told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Target announced it would be pulling out of Canada and closing all 133 stores earlier this year – almost 18,000 employees were put out of work as a result.
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