You never know when someone is about to blow your mind.
Have you ever been talking to an elderly person in wonder? The wonder of what their life was like, what they’ve been through, and the talents they may have? If you haven’t, chances are they’ll surprise you every time. Like this older pianist, who stuns people at this crowded train station with her insane piano skills.
She hasn’t lost a step on the piano!
Internet famous pianist discovers an elderly lady playing ragtime piece ‘like a goddess.”
Brendan Kavanagh or “Dr. K” is a world-famous pianist with over 1.3 million subscribers on YouTube. This past July, the musician posted a video of a gifted old lady playing stride and ragtime piano that quickly blew up on the internet.
The video jumps right into the fierce old lady rapidly moving her fingers from key to key, with a ragtime style straight from heaven.
The crowd goes crazy as she finishes the first song, but she’s not done yet!
When she moves on to the next song it gets even better…
Dr. K stands in the background completely blown away by what he’s seeing, as the elderly lady only speeds up the pace of her impressive piano piece.
Dr. K isn’t the only one who has taken a-back by the old lady’s extraordinary piano work.
A crowd of people has gathered to watch her bring down the house, with many who get video recordings of the awesome performance.
She plays red-hot ragtime and stride piano the entire performance.
Although this lady will be hard to beat, Dr. K has helped many people get a little bit of the spotlight through his YouTube channel.
The last video he posted is a young boy practicing his piano skills, and it already has over 40,000 views and counting.
He’s also posted other elderly people ripping it up on the piano, along with a not so nice elderly lady who yelled at him for supposedly ‘bashing’ the piano.
Most of Dr. K’s YouTube videos have one thing in common, the brilliant boogie-woogie or ragtime piano style.
Both boogie-woogie and ragtime were created in the African-American community during the late 1800s, but boogie woogie became hugely popularized in the 1920s.
Don’t know what boogie-woogie is? Britannica explains it perfectly:
“Boogie-woogie, heavily percussive style of blues piano in which the right-hand plays riffs (syncopated, repeating phrases) against a driving pattern of repeating eighth notes (ostinato bass). It began to appear at the beginning of the 20th century and was associated with the southwestern states—hence its early names, “fast Western-style” and “Western rolling blues.” Its bass figures are believed to derive from the running sequence of guitar accompaniment.”
Did the lady in Dr. K’s video nail this performance perfectly or what? People on the internet sure think she did, with music lovers all over the world wowed by her flawless performance.
The video of this elderly lady lighting the piano keys on fire has been viewed over 1.6 million times, with 21,000 people who liked it.
How could you not love this performance? She totally rocks it, which is probably why hundreds of people left comments praising her style.
Kudos to Dr. K for finding this piano gem! Check him out on his YouTube channel to see more amazing impromptu piano performances. I also want to point out that the caption on this video says “pre lockdown vid,” which is good to know.
To see this fiery old pianist for yourself, just watch the video below!
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