Before you read anything, you should really watch the video below 🙂 In fact, better yet! Why not listen without watching first? Pay attention to what your mind’s eye is picturing. Afterwards, play it again but this time, you may use your eyes too.
Now, how similar was your mind’s eye picture to the actual video? Impressive?
This is the perfect example of how music can make you go on a journey – whether that be in the literal sense or purely in your imagination…
This video, a classical African style of Coldplay’s Paradise (“Peponi” in Swahili) by the extraordinary talent known as The Piano Guys featuring a rather incredible Alex Boye, is probably one of the most amazing videos I have ever seen. I mean it. If anyone actually saw me while I was watching this video, they would just see this face staring at the laptop screen, completely enthralled.
People always say that music can whisk you away to a some other place. In this case, it really did. The Piano Guys took their talent and decided to mix it with an African approach. The music arrangement itself is completely enchanting, I would say it was one of those pieces that doesn’t even need a video – you can visualise your ‘other world’ perfectly in your mind just by listening to it.
However, in true ThePianoGuys style, this magical arrangement is accompanied by nothing less than a spectacular video. And these guys never seem to hold back on anything. The video features the artists performing at dizzying heights atop the beautiful landscape of Sand Mountain… and with some unbelievably stunning results. The video is impressive, to say the least.
Now how’s that for your music taking you far away? 🙂
Additionally, as someone who loves seeing cultures and musical genres mixed together, I absolutely love this blend of classical meets mainstream (Coldplay) meets Africa!
There’s not much else left to say other than: Well Done! To the team behind The Piano Guys, to the magical pianist Jon Schmidt, the impressively fabulous celloist Steven Sharp Nelson, and finally to the energetic and pure voiced Alex Boye – a new talent to me and one I shall be following from now one! To all of you: You Are Pure Explosive Talent.
Every day, a new discovery! 🙂
P.S. You should really read the YouTube description for this video. It paints a very pretty (and interesting!) story of how the arrangement was written + how the video was filmed 🙂