Classically Trained Pianist Helps Soothe Elephants
October 31, 2018 9:25 AM   Subscribe

"They say an elephant never forgets, and those at Elephants World in Thailand will certainly never forget Paul Barton. Barton is the man who introduced these elephants to classical music." "Barton is a classical pianist who has shared his talents with some very big audiences — literally big. He spends a lot of his time performing for elephants. Barton shares his experiences with these giant creatures in vlogs on his YouTube channel and on Facebook, and his videos have gone viral."
posted by grobertson (10 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Wow! Thank you for posting. Very moving. My heart is aching thinking about the elephants, especially the blind ones.I am so glad it appears as if the playing has had a positive and soothing affect.
posted by AugustWest at 10:45 AM on October 31, 2018 [2 favorites]

Goddam it. If I could perform Pachibell's Canon before a herd of elephants, I would consider my life well-spent.
posted by SPrintF at 10:47 AM on October 31, 2018 [5 favorites]

non-ivory keys, I hope
posted by thelonius at 10:49 AM on October 31, 2018 [5 favorites]

This makes my heart smile. I needed this. Thank you for posting.
posted by Fizz at 11:42 AM on October 31, 2018 [1 favorite]

More on youtube
posted by doctor_negative at 11:51 AM on October 31, 2018 [1 favorite]

Can I please play What's Up Pussycat to a baby elephant and its mother? Wonderful!
posted by haunted by Leonard Cohen at 3:13 PM on October 31, 2018

Why is this making me cry!

I love elephants, and I love people performing music for animals" and I love this. Thank you.
posted by windykites at 5:11 PM on October 31, 2018 [1 favorite]

Peter the elephant dancing as he plays along is just about the best thing I've ever seen
posted by notquitemaryann at 10:46 PM on October 31, 2018 [3 favorites]

… the visitor was moved to tears as she watched the delicacy and skill with which the great bull elephant played Bach's Fugue in G Minor. "That's amazing," she said softly, as she approached the creature, "but surely it's not the sort of thing most people would have wished for?"

"Yes," his host replied, "unfortunately the genie was rather deaf, and he must have misheard me. Anyway, that's how I ended up with a great big pianist that attracts women".
posted by Joe in Australia at 1:09 AM on November 1, 2018 [2 favorites]

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