In the middle of his mud-flooded home a Colorado man finds solace on his waterlogged piano. Jeremy Ross reports.
The pressure can build inside any law firm. It's a very deadline oriented job. Boulder attorney Mark Changaris understands the stresses. A lot of clients. The challenges of winning or losing a case, intellectual property.
So when he lost most of his possessions in a flood captured in this YouTube video, the additional stress could have pressed him into anger. But instead it eventually moved him to press on a set of piano keys.
"You know, I couldn't resist the urge to play it," said Mark Changaris, Piano Survived Flood.
This song was played the day after he left his waterlogged home.
He returned to pack what he could salvage - and in a moment between exhaustion and serenity he noticed the perseverance of a piano, it's legs are covered in mud it's splattered.
He began to play the song 'mad world" - its lyrics include: "It's kinda funny, it's kinda sad and that captures it's a very surreal experience."
Changaris says he's played piano off and on for about 15 years, but it's not the first time he's used music to decompress.
"A lot of times I would just sit and bang on the piano," said Changaris. "It's a release to sit down and play and let the music bounce off the walls."
The walls of his former home are showing less debris. The clean-up is showing more progress. This too will pass. Call it an encore to a man`s song of serenity. In the grand scheme of things the crisis at the moment won't overtake you and you will survive.
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