The Piano Guys …. “Our Statement on our Inauguration Performance …. “!!


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~~January 17, 2017~~ 

THE PIANO GUYS AND ME

Those who have followed this blog must be aware that I have always been an ardent fan of The Piano Guys and their awesome music.

I have blogged plenty about them.

I have all their CDs. I have their sheet music.

I have some of their merchandise.

‘We haven’t changed who we are, what we stand for, or what our music means and why we write it.’

Yes, you have changed!

You have normalized something that is totally and completely wrong!

I’ve read your full statement. I respect your reasons and your decision. However, I can no longer follow you. I’ve enjoyed your music! I’ve been thrilled by your videos. I have shared all knowledge I posses about you. I’ve been on of your most ardent fans. In spite of your reasons, I’m very disappointed that you have decided to participate. It’s a real sad decision for me to ‘disconnect’ from you and your music.
Your music, your beliefs … are so elevated.

I really am very saddened by your decision.

“It brought tears to my eyes.”

Therefore, we part ways today!

HortyRex©

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(January 15, 2017)

The Piano Guys
Last night as I was kissing my daughter good night she asked me in an innocent, but tentative tone, “Daddy, why are people mad at you?

It brought tears to my eyes.

I told her that I wish I could gather up everyone angry with the Piano Guys one by one and talk with them face to face. Hear their story. Empathize with their concerns, and mourn together so we could comfort each other. We, too, are distraught and despondent over how divisive this chapter in our nation’s politics has been. We, too, want what’s best for everyone in this country. Those of you who know us, know we grew up as “nerdy” musicians and we experienced bullying firsthand.

We abhor and decry bullying.

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You know that we honor our relationships with our spouses more than anything else. You know we believe women are Divinely appointed to not only equality, but also respect and chivalrous deference. You know that in our history our ancestors were refugees, driven from their homes in fear for their lives. We emphatically embrace those now in the same situation. You know we believe in loving all people, regardless of gender, race, political affiliation, country of origin, or religious background.

You know we believe that differences are meant to be celebrated, not calculated.

If you know our music, you know that we painstakingly, prayerfully write and perform it with the intention to give it the greatest potential to lift others and break down barriers, not build them.

Many have asked why we are performing at the Inauguration.

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To our friends who have felt disturbed by our involvement, we want you to know that this doesn’t lessen our gratitude for what you have done for us. Not one bit. We still feel indebted to you. We love you. You give our music wings! We sincerely hope and pray for your understanding. We don’t feel right limiting our positive message only to people that believe or act the same way we do. We haven’t changed our message. We haven’t changed who we are, what we stand for, or what our music means and why we write it. We’re still doing what we’ve always done – playing for anyone who will hear our musical message with the hope that it persuades its listeners to love others.

~The Piano Guys~

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~FOR THEIR FULL STATEMENT~

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At the end of the day …. “Jon Schmidt’s: Game Day”!!


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~~November 4, 2015~~ 

JON SCHMIDT’S GAME DAY

A beautiful way to end a long day

… under the spell of Jon’s magic hands and the awesome keyboard which he masters.

I believe this is one of his early compositions before “The Piano Guys” became the YouTube sensation they currently are.

I had the pleasure to watch them live, in concert.

It was an unforgettable evening.

I just found this video today.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

HortyRex©

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The Piano Guys are an American musical group consisting of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek. They gained popularity through YouTube, where they posted piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music.

Schmidt and Nelson‘s music is accompanied by professional-quality videos shot and edited by Paul Anderson and formerly by Tel Stewart.

Paul Anderson owned a piano shop in St. George, Utah. He met musician Jon Schmidt as the latter walked in to ask if he could practice there for an upcoming concert. Months later, Paul Anderson and Tel Stewart (then just for fun) started making videos together with Jon Schmidt. It was not too long after that they did their first collaboration with Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, and Al Van Der Beek as the studio and music technician. After the five of them started collaborating the group really started to take off, producing a music video each week and posting it to YouTube.

… and the rest is history!

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“As it appears in …. full read/full credit”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Piano_Guys

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MEMBERS

Jon Schmidt

Steven Sharp Nelson

Paul Anderson

Al van der Beek

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~~SOURCES~~

Home

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/http://thepianoguys.com/thepianoguys/our-beliefs/

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Jon Schmidt (born 1966) is an American pianist currently residing in Bountiful, Utah. He describes his style as “new-age classical.”

He was born to German immigrants who acquainted him with the works of such composers as Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin. He began songwriting at age 11. To date, he has released eight albums and seven piano books containing transcriptions of original arrangements.

He works with Steven Sharp Nelson – The Piano Guys – which has gained fame via the internet.

(as if you didn’t know this already)

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#AtTheEndOfTheDay #PianoGuys #MusicalTalent #Photography #Videography #TeamEffort #JonSchmidt #StevenSharpNelson #PaulAnderson #AlVanDerBeek #GameDay #MagicHands #AwesomeKeyboard #Pianist #Songwriter

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~~Game Day~~

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We ALL are connected through MUSIC!! 

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At the end of the day …. “Sara Barreilles: She Used To Be Mine”!!


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~~October 17, 2015~~ 

WAITRESS … A NEW MUSICAL

It’s Official! Sara Bareilles’ Waitress Sets 2016 Broadway Arrival 

The musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 indie beaut Waitress, with songs by Sara Bareilles and Tony-winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) in the title role, opened in its Broadway tryout at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.

Slated to begin performances in March 2016 at the Nederlander-owned Brooks Atkinson Theatre, the show is staged by Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin). Advance word has been good, making the musical one of the most eagerly anticipated of the new season.

Beantown critics were mostly upbeat on the show, and more than positive on Mueller’s performance as an unhappily married pregnant waitress with a gift for piecraft.

“Adhering closely to the film but replacing its droll interspersing of offbeat pop and classical bursts with an original score, Waitress is the singing, dancing equivalent of chick lit,” wrote Carolyn Clay, writing for public radio station WBUR.

“Smartly then, Paulus has matched it to a mostly female creative team, the cleverest choice being that of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles as composer/lyricist.

Bareilles has never before undertaken a musical, but her pulsing, piano-driven tunes and sincere, ringing ballads both carry the story and set the now quirky, now aching mood.

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Sara Bareilles’ ‘Waitress’ Musical, Broadway Bound With Tony Winner Jessie Mueller, Opens Outta Town

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Sara Beth Bareilles (born December 7, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and New York Times Bestselling author of her memoir Sounds Like Me. She achieved mainstream success in 2007 with the hit single “Love Song“, which reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Bareilles has sold over one million records and over seven million singles in the United States alone and has been nominated for a Grammy Award five times as well as earning a nomination for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, considered by many to be the most prestigious award in the US music industry.

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sara_Bareilles

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~She Used to Be Mine~

(Lyric Video)

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~~Published on Sep 25, 2015~~

Sara Bareilles sings “She Used to Be Mine” from WAITRESS the new musical based on the film by Adrienne Shelly which premiered at the A.R.T. at Harvard University on August 2, 2015 and closed September 27, 2015.

Book by Jessie Nelson
Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Based upon the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly
Choreographed by Chase Brock
Directed by Diane Paulus

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Thoughts for today, #262 …. “Get Dinosaurs Out Of Congress”!!


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~~October 14, 2014~~ 

GET THE DINOSAURS OUT

“The longer in Congress, the more corrupt they become! And, between the money and power of the parties, they’ve broken the voting system!”

IT’S NOT A PARTY THING! IT’S A CORRUPTION THING! NOW IT’S UP TO US TO FIX IT AND HERE’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO!

With the second option of Article 5, the people and the States can supersede the authority of Congress; adding a Term Limits Amendment to the Constitution; and Congress has no authority to stop it.
Become involved! Sign the petition!

Volunteer to help!

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E-Petition Link:
http://www.termlimitsforuscongress.com/e-petition.html

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http://termlimitsforuscongress.com/9/post/2015/09/the-age-of-the-dinosaurs-is-over.html

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Good Question: “Why Are We Wasting So Much Food?”!!


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~~October 13, 2015~~

A WORLD OF WASTE

As I was growing up, I remember my parents telling me to eat everything off my plate.

There was no food to be wasted.

Other statements where: eat it all, there are people all over the world that don’t have enough to eat.

I’m sure many have heard those words.

We are also “informed” about how many people endure hunger worldwide.

We wonder why that happens when we are in the “land of plenty”.

Take a look …. and open your eyes.

HortyRex©

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Food waste or food loss is food that is discarded or lost uneaten. The causes of food waste or loss are numerous, and occur at the stages of production, processing, retailing and consumption.

As of 2013, half of all food is wasted worldwide, according to the British Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Food waste – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Today, America is considered to be one of the most wasteful countries in the world, especially when it comes down to food. We, as Americans, spend close to $200 billion a year just on waste and obesity alone. Most American households dump anywhere between 20-25% of the food they buy each year.

This adds to an alarming $43 billion a year that is, metaphorically speaking, just going down the drain!

Not only do households waste a lot of food, but grocery stores and restaurants do as well! It has been estimated that grocery stores and restaurants throw out over 35 million tons of food each year at an annual cost of $30 billion! And what’s really sad is almost 12% of the food waste that are in our landfills (see image below) come from unharvested crops that were never picked due to there not being a high demand for the crop at the time.

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Why Are We Wasting So Much Food?

Published on Oct 13, 2015

Award-winning author Tristram Stuart argues that food waste is a global scandal.

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We ALL are connected through HUMANITY!! 

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At the end of the day …. “Piano Guys: When Stars and Salt collide – Coldplay, A Sky Full of Stars”!!


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~~October 3, 2015~~ 

SKY FULL OF STARS

The Piano Guys just released their most recent video today.

I’ve been following these musicians since I first heard of them through very my very dear friends Susan and Grant.

I’ve posted many of their YouTube videos in this blog.

I was lucky to see them perform live in Melbourne, Florida.

I think they are amazing.

Their musical talent combined with the awesome photography, videography and the team effort that shows through in their work is worth of the current worldwide acclaim and fame they have acquired.

In person, they are quite down to earth and genuine.

I didn’t know this story about how they started.

They shared it on their official website.

I would like to share it with you.

Hope you enjoy.

HortyRex©

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It was 2011.

Late in the year. What started as a small town ambition to sell pianos through social media had shown some promise as a standalone YouTube music video channel. We had a few videos under our belts. We had a handful of subscribers. We were building steam. We were loving it!

But one looming, sour-faced, obstinate obstacle stood in the way.

Reality.

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How could we sustain this? How could we keep this pace?

We had robbed too much time away from family, day jobs; we were living two lives — nocturnal and diurnal — in an attempt to write music and film videos in every spare second.

Our day jobs, including the Piano Store itself, saw a sharp decline due to negligence.

Reality hit. It hit hard.

Our music videos were not providing near enough to provide for our families, our number one priority.

They say that the only difference between a large pizza and a professional musician is that a large pizza can feed a family of four!

So we hatched this crazy idea.

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What if our genesis, as official full-time “Piano Guys,” could be “crowd funded?”

What if we offered special packages to people in exchange for their support to help us get our wheels off the ground? We launched the “Founders” program. We were cautious in our optimism, but we were completely overwhelmed. The generous support of so many people gave us the wings we needed. And it gave us a boost in confidence, enthusiasm, and commitment to the people listening and watching.

Now here we are. Over fifty videos with 700 million views, four million YouTube subscribers, a million Facebook fans, and four albums with Sony. We’ve sold out shows in the U.S., Mexico, China, Germany, Canada, Singapore, Hungary, Austria, England, Scotland, France, Korea, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, and Japan. And best of all, our families haven’t starved! All because of our Founders. Had it not been for your support and faith in us, we would not be The Piano Guys today.

If you’re a Founder, you know that we do all we can to ensure that our music videos are not just a “product.” We put everything we’ve got into them. All of who we are. There is a spiritual component to them. We try to “break the mold” with them. We want something on the internet that grandparents, parents, and children can enjoy. Together. Our mission has always been to lift people with what we do. Prompt a smile. Hope. Encouragement to keep practicing or to take up an instrument! A moment of escape from a world that can all too often peddle darkness on us. Life is made up of moments. Small things snowball into great things. We wanted to do something small that could help someone to be great. And if all we did was help one person it would have been worth it.

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Because of you, we’ve reached people that we couldn’t dream of reaching. Many of these people have talked to us at our concerts, posted on our walls, messaged and emailed us with their stories. They are inspiring. They are miraculous. They are stories of people rekindling long lost relationships, surmounting mountainous challenges, finding meaning in life, chasing out life’s “demons,” starting and excelling at an instrument, reconnecting with God, or being emboldened in a career choice.

They are your stories. You made them happen. Thank you from all of these good people, whose souls’ worth is incalculable. Thank you from our spouses. Our children. Thank you from the bottom of everything we have and everything we aspire to be. You remain our inspiration.

Our benefactors. Our Founders.

We love you.

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Please accept this video as a very small token of our appreciation for you.

Your names are printed on what we now affectionately call our “Founders’ Piano” and “Founders’ Cello!

For your video we put together an arrangement of a super cool tune called, “A Sky Full of Stars,” by Coldplay, because we feel like the REAL stars of the Piano Guys are our Founders.

As we were writing and recording this we prayed that we could pour our sincere gratitude into each and every measure.

After we finished with the music we determined to film in a place you may recognize, the Salt Flats where we filmed “Moonlight.” What better venue than a place of our “roots” and where your names would be the “stars” of the film, starkly contrasted against the eternal white salt stretching as far as the eye can see?

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MEMBERS

Jon Schmidt

Steven Sharp Nelson

Paul Anderson

Al van der Beek

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A SKY FULL OF STARS

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~~When Stars and Salt Collide~~

Coldplay, A Sky Full of Stars

(piano/cello cover)

~~Published on Oct 3, 2015~~

We hope you enjoy this video It is dedicated to you!

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Something to think about …. “Times are a’changing … Salk versus Shkreli”!!


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~~September 23, 2015~~ 

GREED VERSUS COMPASSION

TOP: Hedge fund CEO, Martin Shkreli, who bought the rights to a 62-year old AIDS and cancer treatment and jacked up the price to profit from misery.
BOTTOM: Jonas Salk, who developed a cure to one of the world’s most debilitating illnesses and could’ve made millions … but he gave it away to help as many as possible.

Capitalism versus humanity.

Before people start saying Daraprim is not an AID’s drug, it is a immune infection fighting drug for AIDS patients who are not immune to fighting other bugs, so technically this is one of many drugs that AIDS patients do take to fight against their weak immune bodies.

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Martin Shkreli, the controversial pharmaceutical CEO and former hedge fund manager, announced that he would reduce the price of the drug Daraprim to “a point that is more affordable.” Shkreli has been the subject of unrelenting criticism since he implemented a 5000% increase in the price of the drug — from $13.50 per pill to $750 — which is used to treat severe infections in AIDS patients and infants.

Shkreli, who talked to ABC News, declined to name the new price for the medicine, which has been on the market for 60 years. ABC described Shkreli as “the most hated man in America.”

While working at a company he founded called Retrophin, Shkreli had implemented a similar price hike on a kidney medicine. The Huffington Post reported that Shkeli “is part of a criminal investigation” involving Retrophin. He owes the company more than a half-million dollars.

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After Getting Shamed For 5000% Hike, ‘Most Hated Man In America’ Will Lower Drug Price

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From a Facebook Page I follow

Call me a cynic, but I’m willing to bet this was Shkreli’s plan the whole time.

He wanted to raise prices, but knew he’d get flak.

So he raised them an exorbitant amount, and now is seen to be “caving” — he’s dropping the prices, but NOT back to where they were.

So he’s probably getting the price increase he actually wanted.

And bear in mind what I said when I first posted about this story:

In Poland, you can buy 30 of these pills for about $10.

Why have they cost $13 apiece here?

Oh, that’s right: The Free Market.

Unfettered Capitalism.

America!

~Lady Grey~

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