Man takes 500,000 Xmas lights and connects them to his piano
Artists from the group who call themselves “The Piano Guys” have combined two elements—the piano and half a million decorative lights—to light up a street in Sandy, Utah, and the effect is spectacular!
Every year during the Christmas season, there are people all around who enjoy adorning their houses with Christmas lights, a reindeer or two, or even giant inflatable Santas. Lights, however, are the most common decoration.
Some lights blink and some change colors, whilst others are just a nice, pretty display, but all aim to contribute to the Christmas spirit. After all, ’tis the season to be jolly. In fact, The Piano Guys took jolly to the next level, because when you see what they orchestrated, you’d understand that this isn’t your average urban lights display.
— UtahValley360.com (@UtahValley360) December 10, 2017
Firstly, a grand piano is set up with an array of pretty Christmas lights, as seen in a video uploaded to YouTube on Dec. 9, 2017. Yes, that’s nice … but this act is just getting started.
The magic begins when the pianist, Jon Schmidt, starts playing the classic Christmas song “I Saw Three Ships.” Soon, it’s evident that every stroke of a key is perfectly synchronized with the light decorations on two houses nearby. The whole visual, and of course audible, effect is astonishing.
One year ago, with more than 500,000 lights, we woke up the neighborhood with Christmas spirit by launching our "I Saw Three Ships" video. Watch and share it again! https://t.co/twVeVbu5KG🎄❄️🎹 pic.twitter.com/cmJOU31esx
— The Piano Guys (@ThePianoGuys) December 10, 2018
In fact, “500,000 Christmas lights “starred” in this display,” according to The Piano Guys. In addition, “4,900 digital channels were utilized to ensure that the entire spectrum of the piano’s keyboard was featured brilliantly,” and “46,000 watts of juice were pumped to electrify this pizazz!”
Piano controls over 500,000 lights
Piano Guys Christmas Lights Show @ThePianoGuys https://t.co/5hMHy37oMM #Christmas #Christmas2018 #KAWAI #piano #pianist #musicians https://t.co/h4ETO8PNFV pic.twitter.com/qDgUqFMr7u
— Kawai Pianos USA (@KawaiPianos) December 6, 2018
The whole performance was filmed by a drone that captured, from above, the beautiful play of lights.
Funnily enough, at the end of the video, police sirens can be heard. “The police actually did show up. For real. (We’d like to thank them for their kindness and mercy),” the artists wrote on their page. “No pianists were harmed or jailed in the making of this video.”
In just under two weeks, the clip received more than 1.2 million views on YouTube, drawing scores of praise.
One YouTuber wrote, “It’s like a musical Christmas fireworks display! Gorgeous visually and acoustically!”
“I am utterly gobsmacked,” wrote another, whose comment received over 200 thumbs up.
Otherwise, check out the wonderful video clip below, courtesy of The Piano Guys:
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