It’s easy to get caught up in the everyday stresses of life. Between work, house, bills, family – most people’s plates are full to the brim. The reality is, sometimes we need to stop and just take a breather.
One man made it his mission to bring a little joy to travelers at a London train station. While everyone was going about their business and rushing around – he sat down at a public piano with the perfect song in mind.
Public pianos are placed around cities in the hopes that passersby will take a moment to tickle the ivories. Anyone who wants to play is encouraged to do so, regardless of talent or skill level. Since they’re open to everyone – you never quite know when an incredible performance might pop up!
These London travelers were in for an extra-special treat when the “stranger” in green took a seat at the piano.
As soon as he begins pressing on the keys it’s obvious what soul-lifting tune he’s playing – none other than “Amazing Grace.”
Some of the people in the area seem immediately intrigued by his music and stop to listen. He plays the song loudly, beautifully, and in a calmer fashion. (Well, in comparison to the energetic performance he had heading their way!)
A short time in, his piano playing takes a funky twist.
Whether the train travelers realized it or not – they were being given a performance by the talented musician Terry Miles! The UK resident is an experienced Boogie-Woogie piano player with more than 35 years under his belt. But in addition to creating music, he also teaches others how to play the style through his popular YouTube channel.
Most of us have heard “Amazing Grace” countless times, but it’s hard to sit still during Miles’ Boogie-Woogie version.
Both hands start rocking out on the keys and his leg starts moving to the beat. Suddenly, it doesn’t seem like it’s a train station anymore, but perhaps an old-fashioned blues club! Just wait though, Miles is only getting started.
He turns up the heat.
Miles takes the vibe to another level by speeding up his piano playing. Even he can’t just “sit still” during the Boogie-Woogie performance. He hops up from the bench and plays while standing, giving everyone an awesome show they weren’t expecting.
It’s not the only time he’s amazed passersby.
Terry Miles frequently jams out on public pianos around the UK. On his YouTube channel, you’ll find tons of entertaining performances where he’s surprised random people going about their lives.
Miles (aka the Boogie Woogie Emperor of Hackney) isn’t always alone.
Sometimes he’s joined by his musically talented family members, or even fellow Boogie-Woogie master, Dr K! Extra elements of fun are occasionally added when the pianists dress like characters. In the past, Miles has posed as an airline pilot, an elderly gentleman, and a police officer too.
It’s a unique cover of a classic hymn that’s spreading joy across the internet.
Viewers have left positive comments on YouTube like:
“Amazing the talent one encounters–fantastic piano playing!! Terry Miles, thank you for your beautiful talent. Music is so powerful!!”
Someone else wrote:
“Absolutely the coolest version of amazing grace ever. Thank you sir!”
You can watch Terry Miles rock the Boogie Woogie piano in the video below! Can you imagine witnessing this in person?
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