~~April 8, 2014~~
Piano Guys visit another World Wonder, perform ‘How Great Thou Art’
The Piano Guys are back at it, and this time they’ve chosen two World Wonders as their backdrop. Performing “How Great Thou Art,” combined with “Gabriel’s Oboe,” The Piano Guys newest video shows them in Brazil near the statue Christ the Redeemer, one of the New7Wonders, and the Iguazu Falls, one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
This video, which was released Wednesday morning, April 2, 2014, is the group’s second featuring a World Wonder. Last October, 2013, The Piano Guys embarked on their journey to perform at each of the New7Wonders by filming on the Great Wall of China in “Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends.”
~~Story behind the video & song~~
We’ve set an ambitious goal to film in front of all Seven Wonders of the World. We started with the Great Wall of China.
As our tour of Brazil approached we set our sights on our next Wonder: Christ the Redeemer. This incredible piece of art soars 10 stories in the air, stretches 100 feet wide and weighs 1.4 million pounds (630,000 kg). But even more impressive is that it was built in the 1920’s on a peak of a sheer 2,300 ft. (700 meter) cliff overlooking Rio de Janeiro.
Not far from this inspiring statue are the Iguazu Falls — a natural Wonder of the World. Made up of 275 waterfalls that stretch across 1.7 miles (2.7 km), to match the amount of water that flows down these falls you would need 2 million people to each pour a quart of water every second.
As we considered what piece of music would be worthy of such incomparable locations we looked to songs that have been composed or used to praise Jesus Christ, for whom the statue was built and who billions believe created all the natural wonders of this world.
We wanted to combine the melody of the heartfelt hymn of praise “How Great Thou Art” with one of the most beautiful melodies ever written — the theme from the movie “The Mission” (“Gabriel’s Oboe.”)
“The Mission” is a movie that powerfully depicts the lives of men that lay down their lives for others. It was also filmed at Iguazu Falls. “How Great Thou Art” praises God and all that He has done for His children on this Earth. The two harmonize so beautifully with each other, both musically and thematically. As we played these pieces in front of the Christ Statue and Iguazu Falls we felt an overwhelming sense of wonder, peace, and joy.
When considering which song the group should perform at this location, The Piano Guys were meticulous.
The Mission/How Great Thou Art – ThePianoGuys (Wonder of The World 2 of 7)
This music video is not meant to exclude anyone that does not believe in God. We hope that it instead promotes spiritual feelings that can be felt by all — gratitude for a beautiful Earth, for life, and for joy.
A wise man once said, “If we thought of life as a gift, we might not demand nearly as much from it. And if we lived more graciously, giving of ourselves more freely to the well-being of others, many of our personal concerns would disappear, and life would become easier for all.”
We respect all beliefs and opinions, but we hope that in the comments everyone can set aside religious differences and instead focus on building each other up — through gratitude, inspiration, kindness and mutual respect.
We ALL are connected through MUSIC!!
We ALL are ONE!!