The website Twisted Sifter sets the stage for the delightful video above:
Then last month, he did a Facebook live broadcast of the song and both videos have since been viewed million of times. That’s when singer Curt Smith and drummer Jamie Wollam decided to drop by Yoder’s orchard for an unforgettable encore.
It’s worth noting that Mr. Yoder is a National Hammered Dulcimer champion, and considered by many “the Bela Fleck of the hammered dulcimer.” Over on YouTube you can hear him play dulcimer versions of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” Bach’s Prelude to Cello Suite, “Scarborough Fair,” and more.
For anyone not familiar with the original 1985 version of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” have a listen here.
And if you would like to support the mission of Open Culture, consider making a donation to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best cultural and educational materials to learners everywhere. You can contribute through PayPal, Patreon, Venmo (@openculture) and Crypto. Thanks for your support!