You can never be sure when you’ll come face to face with musical greatness.
Sometimes, it’s expected.
Like when you’re at a live show or a music festival.
But how about while shopping at Costco?YouTube Screenshot Source: YouTube Screenshot
Have you ever imagined that you’d be treated to some of Beethoven’s finest work on the piano by some random, fellow shopper?
But for these lucky few customers, a free sample of musical greatest was just a couple of isles away.
And it seems fitting that the grocery store which popularized the free sample should be the venue for this tasty little musical treat.
When one customer saw the Yamaha pianos on display, he asked the representative if he could try one out.YouTube Screenshot Source: YouTube Screenshot
I doubt that the rep had any idea what would come next.
As the customer sat down at the piano, he seemed rather unassuming.
If I was a passerby, I wouldn’t have been surprised to hear him clank out his almost-perfect rendition of “Yankee Doodle.”
But this was no ordinary customer.
This was a piano master.YouTube Screenshot Source: YouTube Screenshot
Well, maybe not a master. But compared to me he is. And probably compared to most of you, too.
Once he starts playing, he doesn’t let up, and very quickly the passersby understand that this guy knows what he’s doing.
He fingers his way through the fifth level of Beethoven’s “Virus” and doesn’t seem to miss a note.
Some people are unimpressed and they continue on their shopping.
Others are camera shy (like this guy) and quickly move on when the camera scans to them.YouTube Screenshot Source: YouTube Screenshot
But for the few that are brave enough to stand in one spot for more than thirty seconds, they are able to witness a thing of beauty.
Because learning to play the piano at the level that this guy is doing it is no easy feat.
According to Times Square Chronicles , “Any piano teacher should be able to tell you that developing playing skills sometimes takes 5 to 6 years, and sometimes, it takes 10 to 12 years. When we say playing skills, we are referring to the ability to perform complex pieces of music, flawlessly, on stage.”
So what we were lucky enough to witness in some random Costco, was potentially ten years in the making.YouTube Screenshot Source: YouTube Screenshot
Nice, lucky us.
Now, I’m no classical-music buff.
Personally, I find it to be a little dry and a tad bit boring.
But that’s probably because I never actually gave it a chance.
This guy’s rendition of Beethoven’s “Virus” is probably the first live performance of classical music I’ve ever listened to all the way through.
And you know what?
It was awesome.YouTube Screenshot Source: YouTube Screenshot
I found myself lost in the tempo changes and could feel the different notes and keys.
Some of the sounds made me tense, others made me feel light and free.
Music has that ability.
To make us feel–both good and bad.YouTube Screenshot Source: YouTube Screenshot
And not only that, but it has the ability to positively affect us in physiological ways as well.
It can improve our sleep, enhance our memory, and even lower our blood pressure.
According to bhf.org.uk , “A small study has found that listening to Mozart for 25 minutes could reduce your blood pressure.”
So whether these customers realized it or not, they were gaining much more than just a free show.
And you can, too.
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