Bored Teen Plays Mall Piano – What a Bystander Filmed Could Change His Life

Written by on January 27, 2016 in Art and Music, Internet, Media & Arts with 4 Comments

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Article source: Western Journalism

18-year-old Monntel West’s life might very well be changed now that a video of West playing the piano has gone viral.  Playing at a piano in a mall in Lansing Michigan, West didn’t realize he was being videotaped.

West, who taught himself to play the piano in the 8th grade, played a beautiful rendition of River Flows in You by South Korean pianist and composer Yiruma. As for what made West sit down and play that day, West said he was at the mall to meet a friend, was bored, and just sat down to play. He said he had no idea that he would become the star of a viral video.

“I had goosebumps,” said Sara Hadley, the Lansing resident who took the video on her iPhone. “It was just amazing, and I figured he just deserved some sort of recognition.” Hadley posted the video on her Facebook page. The video of the young man playing now has over 500,000 views and has been shared over 9,000 times.

This is why they put a piano in the #lansingmall. Self taught!! #yiruma. Wow. Gave me goosebumps! – Posted on Facebook by Sara Hadley on Friday, January 22, 2016

West told the Lansing State Journal, “If I did get lessons, I think I could be better…You can always get better.” According to the Journal, West taught himself how to play by watching YouTube videos and practicing on a keyboard.


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  1.' Jean Little says:


  2.' Amanda Bergman Mitchell says:

    That was amazing! It was so beautiful! It made me cry!

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  4.' Jayne Protheroe Popper says:

    Just beautiful

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