Not all music of course, but music that brings joy and smiles and makes your feet tap and your body want to move... yes, that is definitely of God.
Watch as The Piano Guys are used by God to bring some joy into needy lives who I'm sure need that joy badly:
That is simply awesome.
And here's a Piano Guys classic that's become a personal favorite... the expressions of the cellist's face are simply blissful:
They are a breath of fresh air, an explosion of creativity, a feast of fun, a delightful diversion from mundane tasks. They are The Piano Guys, five fellows from a town in Utah who have become -- if the cliché fits, why not wear it? -- an internet music sensation. The top videos on their YouTube channel have clocked up up five, six and seven million hits apiece and countless raves from a growing number of fans, amongst whom I count myself. These guys are so cool.
If you have not yet met them in MercatorNet’s video spot, they are: Jon Schmidt, piano maestro; Steven Sharp Nelson, cellist extraordinaire; and behind the scenes, videographer Tel Stewart, sound engineer/musical arranger Al Van Der Beek, and entrepreneur Paul Anderson -- all experts in their field. Somehow they all got together in their hometown of St George and began producing some of the nicest music videos you are likely to meet in cyberspace.
But it’s not all serendipity. The Piano Guys have a vision. They want to inspire, uplift, make a difference to the world. “Whatever we do, we put our heart and souls into every note and frame,” they say on their website, and they really do.
They have so many strengths: the familiarity of their musical themes; the exciting originality of their arrangements, or “covers”; amazing and beautiful locations; a relaxed mastery of their instruments; awesome technical skills behind them; and, above all, a joy in performance that puts a smile on the faces not only of Steve and Jon but of their audience too.
The desire to give people a lift is what drives them, says Jon in answer to an email. “It is our passion for what we do. We cannot take any credit for it.”
With props to George Sipe.