For those of us who have learned a musical instrument we all know how challenging it can be.
Watching professional musicians play they make it look so easy but behind that perfect performance was hours and hours of agonizing and often frustrating practice.
Occasionally a performer comes along that has a gift for music and the most astonishing musical ear where they can just hear a song and copy it in the most impressive way.
In this case not only are we met with such a musical genius but this genius happens to be 6 years old and blind. The video of this piano prodigy playing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” will blow you away.
Avett Ray, from Dayton, Ohio, was born with optic nerve fibroplasia which means he is blind in one eye and has a little bit of vision in the other. He walks with a cane and reads braille, he also plays the piano.
“The moment he could pull himself to reach the piano, he was playing the melody to ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,'” Avett’s mom, Sara Moore, told CBS News.
That was when he was just 11 months old and now he has a piano teacher to help hone his incredible skills.
“Music is in his body,” Sara said. “He’s really practicing on performing now. Since his talent is so amazing, people are asking him to perform.”
His mom records some of his performances and posts them online. His latest performance is the very challenging Queen hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ where he not only plays but sings with the most beautiful voice.
Avett’s performance isn’t perfect as his tiny hands try to master the crossover notes but he persists and gets there eventually, all while singing along. It’s a beautiful and heartwarming performance.
More than 7.5 million people have watched his performance on YouTube with over 30,000 people commenting on both the depth and soul of his voice as well as his piano skills.
“Bravo young man, what a talent, don’t ever let anyone bring you down or try to change you, you are perfect. You are going to be somebody,” one user wrote.
While another said: “This is the type of talent the world needs to see.”
See for yourself in the clip below.
I could watch Avett play all day, such a natural and so gifted. I’m sure he will go on to do great things!