My love for music has always been way beyond the definition of a ‘music lover’. I’ve never been very specific about the genres. As long as it sounds good and my heart beats along, its absolute bliss! Inspite of this special affinity I have had for music, I always tried to negate a connection between ‘myself’, and a musical instrument that I was aware of as a kid, and in my pre-teens as well. This was the reason I never chose to be trained in music ,although I was persuaded to several times.
Its been 16 months since I started playing the cello, an instrument belonging to the viola family. I’ve named her ANAHI which means ‘as beautiful as a flower’.
Now how , when and why did I pick the cello all of a sudden?
Well, this is how it goes…
It was way back in 2014, when two of my friends told me about a musical group based in Utah,USA whose primary platform is Youtube. The group is none other than The Piano Guys! If you already know them, High-five! If you don’t, dear readers, I hope you read further.
The link below will give you the story behind The Piano Guys , which to be honest is very fascinating. The Piano Guys
The cellist Steven Sharp Nelson and his cellos (yes, he has 10 cellos- wood, electric, steel, carbon fibre ) is what inspired me to pick the cello. His music is tremendously inspiring and reviving ..its impossible to put it down in words. That’s guaranteed. It was something that was so unique for me that I couldn’t stop envisaging myself with a cello of my own and my musical journey ahead. Trust me, its been an exhilarating jaunt so far, and the fact that I got the opportunity to pursue a form of art at one of the most esteemed music school in the country has given it a big boost. And My experience with the cello , as a performer , as a learner, is a completely different rant which I shall probably share with you guys some other time.
However, its not just Steven and his music that inspires, but its true for the group as a whole. These guys, their music ,their work is truly and purely inspirational! Coincidentally, thats exactly their ultimate motive- to inspire and to uplift!
Now, how is that they succeed in what they do, how do they inspire ? How do they stand-out among the relatively alike? The following reasons will tell you so
- These guys cover songs not just as a cover , rather they end up creating new pieces! They combine classics composed by Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart along with stunning movie title tracks and charting pop songs . Additionally, they have their own exclusive TPG compositions.
- Such covers might be made by many folks out there, right? Something else that adds to the uniqueness quotient here, is that all the sounds you hear are produced by the piano and cello! ALL! To maintain the authenticity of certain music , a few additional instruments are used at times, solely for percussion. And sometimes, vocals too.
- Moreover, its not just their music thats awe-spiring, but its also what you watch in their videos! The most scenic and picturesque locations that any music video could ever demand. There couldn’t ,and there cannot be a better backdrop for their soulful music. SUBLIME!
- Another aspect of their work that I admire the most, is that they manage everything behind the scenes themselves; from scratch, manually, apart from just composing and performing. This truly exhibits their love, passion and respect for what they do. Kudos to their hardwork and efforts!
- For every music video, they give a description of what persuaded them to come up with that specific composition, how the music was created, how they chose their locations for it and a gist of the story behind the journey of each production. Indicative of meaningful piece of work, dont you think?
To give life to the words above, its important you check out their channels on youtube.
They have two channels namely –
1.The Piano Guys – main channel
This is the channel solely devoted for uploading videos for their compositions. The videos are on par with their music , so dont ignore it! Its the key to being introduced to The Piano Guys.
Personally I love all their music, so it’s difficult for me to suggest particulars to start with. Instead , have a look of the videos I first watched. (Links attached)
Peponi – The Piano Guys
Over the rainbow/simple gifts – The Piano Guys
2. The Piano Guys 2 – second channel
This channel is about all the FUN and HUMOUR behind the scenes. Its a mix of short videos and snippets. On watching these, you might feel like you know the guys extremely well, and it appears as if they are very easy to gel along with. Atleast I feel that way. 😀
Its clearly evident from all of this, that these guys are four of the most humble and grounded human beings we will ever know. I absolutely believe its not a deception , rather its a matter of fact.
Also, if you’re keen on getting connected with them, you could become a TPG insider by signing in on their website. This way you could write to them, share your stories and they’ll keep you updated from their end too. And whats even cooler is ,that they’re currently on tour! (Well, they’re always on tour.) So, if they’re performing somewhere close to you, dont miss out on it! They’ll put forth a splendid show! You can trust me on this.
My collection of their albums . There are MANY songs on these albums that dont feature on their channels or on their website. So, whenever you wish to, you should definitely buy them. You’ll never regret.
So dear readers , I hope that was something fresh for you . Let me know in the comments below, what you think about the The Piano Guys , if TPG had an impact you and if you too believe , that when you play their music, a pause is impossible!!