Up to date: September 19, 2020 6:50:37 pm
A video of an elderly man playing piano at his home in England has left netizens deeply moved. His son shared the video and it quickly attracted a lot of attention online, with people talking about ‘power of music’.
The person taking part in the musical instrument is Paul Harvey, a famous musician and former music trainer. Though he now has dementia, and infrequently “seems lost”, his son Nick shared how he’s by no means extra “present than when playing the piano”.
Not too long ago, Nick, additionally a music composer, took to Twitter to say that he gave his 80-year-old father simply 4 random notes, and he improvised and created a melodious tunes in a matter of jiffy. “Dad’s ability to improvise and compose beautiful melodies on the fly has always amazed me,” he wrote whereas sharing the clip.
“Although his dementia is getting worse, moments like this bring him back to me,” he added. The video has acquired over 1.four million views on Twitter alone.
Watch the video right here:
Dad’s potential to improvise and compose lovely melodies on the fly has all the time amazed me.
Tonight, I gave him 4 random notes as a place to begin.
Though his dementia is getting worse, moments like this carry him again to me. pic.twitter.com/dBInVCTmfF
— Nick Harvey (@mrnickharvey) September 17, 2020
The video delighted individuals from varied components of the world, with many highlighting the therapeutic powers of music and saying the composition uplifted their temper in such attempting occasions. Others shared their very own expertise with individuals having dementia, saying how music introduced them peace whereas preventing the illness.
No matter occurs in our lives, music will all the time feed the guts, thoughts and the soul and by no means go away us. That is simply lovely Please learn and watch this everybody and sleep effectively everybody. Jb https://t.co/z69ymJNNph
— John Barrowman MBE (@JohnBarrowman) September 19, 2020
This has been a hell of a day. In case your coronary heart can take it, finish the day with this. It’s lovely and galvanizing and heartbreaking abruptly. https://t.co/nM2yDcWUAd
— Gene Weingarten (@geneweingarten) September 19, 2020
I can’t cease crying https://t.co/nnBp6YUfev
— Curtis Stigers (@curtisstigers) September 18, 2020
So lovely. 4 notes shining by way of the clouds. What a sleek participant. https://t.co/TQYX1F1u9U
— Nitin Sawhney (@thenitinsawhney) September 18, 2020
A welcome break from the hellscape of 2020. So lovely. https://t.co/vN1hEsOTPY
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) September 18, 2020
That is completely lovely and life-affirming. What an distinctive expertise. Thanks for sharing it with us. https://t.co/sWvlNJhIYW
— Rebecca Entrance (@RebeccaFront) September 18, 2020
For these in any doubt of the actually magical qualities of music 💛 https://t.co/T3KYBSMXMB
— Claire Warner – Charity Guide & Mentor (she) (@ClaireWarner) September 19, 2020
That’s improbable. Music is likely one of the few issues dementia has bother taking away from these affected by that horrible sickness
— Rory Cowan (@1rorycowan) September 18, 2020
Transcendent and unbelievable to expertise, even just about. He’s fairly a expertise. Misplaced my father that method… music will hold your pops alive in additional methods than one so hold encouraging him to play. Thanks for sharing that.
— Joel Cummins 🇺🇸🎹 (@goldlikejoel) September 18, 2020
I do know most of us are having a reasonably difficult time of it proper now. We’re frightened concerning the current and the long run. However I urge you to take a deep breathe and float for just some minutes in one thing actually lovely that can carry tears for the proper causes for as soon as ❤️ https://t.co/2Le90mtA8x
— Joanna Le Grys (@Jsedai) September 18, 2020
Past lovely! What a rare thoughts he has for concord. The B-natural jogs my memory very a lot of a Chopin nocturne. It’s laborious to consider a higher praise, for somebody to have the ability to merely improvise the work of a composer. Simply so transferring.. thanks for sharing.
— Michael G7VJR (@g7vjr) September 18, 2020
Stunning. For some motive it made me consider the married life montage in UP, maybe the best way your Dad conveys a lifetime of emotion in his improvisation. So I edited that scene to suit the music, and it’s excellent. pic.twitter.com/w6x566nrPO
— James Norden (@jamesnorden) September 18, 2020
I attempt to be upbeat and uplifting. 2020 has taken its toll on my psychological well being. It will get tougher day-after-day to take care of it.
After which I see one thing like this. And the corners of my mouth flip upward. My eyes fill with good tears. And my coronary heart beats a cheerful beat. Thanks for sharing.
— Mike Mellon (@MTM91324) September 18, 2020
That is so lovely, introduced tears to my eyes in a great way. It jogged my memory of my darling mom for whom music remained particular to the tip. Dementia is so merciless, music so great pic.twitter.com/tLgkB77pmn
— Mary Anne Kennan (@MaryAnneKennan) September 18, 2020
My Gran was precisely the identical. Dementia ravaged her thoughts, making her confused and anguished. Placing her in entrance of a piano calmed and centered her, and she or he may sit there taking part in away for hours with out a care on the planet. Bless her soul.
— Cantanko (@cantanko) September 17, 2020
My mom has Alzheimer’s. She was an actress. If we give her a poem or a couple of pages of a play to learn out loud we get her again in full power. It’s an exquisite present and your father’s music is gorgeous. Our mother and father are nonetheless there, simply hidden by the sickness.
— Lucy Briers (@lucyjbriers) September 18, 2020
Dementia is merciless to everybody round it. However I sense that when he performs he will get consolation while inside a chunk. As do you. As did I listening. To have that potential and use it as remedy is inspiring. Good luck.
— anthony (@primrose4) September 17, 2020
That is so beautiful it made me weep. My dad, a jazz pianist and grasp improviser, misplaced his potential to play as his Lewy Physique dementia progressed. He had sufficient consciousness to calmly settle for all the opposite challenges that illness inflicted on him, besides that one. That one broke him.
— A Novel Lady (@anovelwoman) September 18, 2020
…she’d largely ceased talking, she’d comfortingly inform canine “It’s all right” whereas she petted them. My mom was essentially the most light comforting individual with a really soothing voice so this was very transferring.
— Joanna Sholem (@BookJo) September 18, 2020
Not everybody residing with dementia is as completed a musician as your dad, however all of them have issues they discover pleasurable and releasing. It’s our job as carers and nurses to search out that factor that raises their self-worth & permits them to be greater than a sequence of losses. Bravo 👏
— Karen Webb 💙🧍♀️xx🧍xx🧍♂️ (@KWebbNurse) September 18, 2020
Because the video acquired everybody speaking on-line, Harvey posted an replace saying he known as his father to tell that the video went viral, the aged man had tongue-in-cheek response to it saying: “As long as the virus isn’t Covid, he’s happy”.
Harvey added that he’ll be sure his dad get’s all of the message despatched for him, saying he is aware of his father will probably be moved by all of the responses and love showered on him.
I’m overwhelmed by the response to dad’s video. I’ll be going spherical to see him later and can learn him your replies. I do know he’ll be deeply moved. Thanks.
I simply rang him to inform him that he’s gone viral. He replied, saying that so long as the virus isn’t Covid, he’s completely satisfied.
— Nick Harvey (@mrnickharvey) September 18, 2020
Nevertheless, not the primary time, the senior man took social media by storm together with his pleasant efficiency. Final 12 months, he mesmerised all with one among his unique composition, ‘Where’s The Sunshine?’ from 1980s, when he used to go the music division on the Imberhorne College (East Grinstead).
‘Where’s The Sunshine?’ by Paul Harvey
— Nick Harvey (@mrnickharvey) June 23, 2019
We’ve simply discovered this. With lyrics by Pete Talman, ‘Where’s The Sunshine?’ was written for an unique Imberhorne College (East Grinstead) manufacturing within the 1980s when dad was head of music and Pete was head of drama. It was a improbable present. I bear in mind it as if it have been yesterday. pic.twitter.com/J1E8Gfv3dc
— Nick Harvey (@mrnickharvey) June 24, 2019
Though Nick discovered the sheet music, his father didn’t want it — he performed the entire music from reminiscence, regardless of his sickness.
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