The video of a man playing beautiful music on one of Edmonton’s free outdoor pianos has reached almost two million views from people around the world.
This is one of those moments that reminds you that we pass up beautiful moments and people each and every day without noticing. It keeps us mindful of treating everyone with the respect that they deserve and to take the time to learn more about each other and all the treasures that each of us hide inside.
The video went viral after Roslyn Polard met him while he was playing an outdoor piano in the city’s Churchill Square.
At first, she said, she felt like she might be intruding, since he was playing alone. Polard approached the musician, who she took to be homeless, and asked permission to film him. He agreed, and told her he was already on YouTube.
“I had to stop and turn around and go back, because it was so beautiful,” she said.
“You could see his face light up every time somebody walked by,” Polard said. “And he was happy to have an audience, he was happy to have someone to chat with.”
Tearfully, Polard ended up staying for four or five more songs before tearing herself away.
“The music is beautiful. It really is,” she said. “The juxtaposition of it — him sitting there and pouring his heart and soul into this song.”
“It was a completely spontaneous event,” she said. “I feel very fortunate I was able to capture that.”
The video is so popular, she decided to license and monetize it, which means she is earning money from the advertisements that accompany it.
Polard hopes to find the pianist again so she can give him the profits.
I love seeing the piano and music being at the center of an experience like this. Have you been inspired by an experience you’ve had lately? Don’t forget to reach out to those around you. You never know how they may surprise you and even better, how you can be of help to them in anything that they may need. We all need each other, each and every day.