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The Piano Guys' "Ode to Joy To The World" Inspired By Tragedy

The Piano Guys’ “Ode to Joy To The World” Inspired By Tragedy

The Piano Guys have created a new music video all about joy and the inspiration is unexpected.

After losing his daughter Annie last year, pianist Jon Schmidt was able to find joy. The group wrote:

“Life is about joy. So why do we tend to let life get in the way of joy? We’ve been through a great deal of ups and downs, drastic changes, and even tragedies this past year. Jon and his family, especially, have suffered at the hands of brutal uncertainty, impending hopelessness, and inexplicable loss.

Through it all, we have felt your prayers. You lended us hope, you freely expressed love, and you magnified your faith on our behalf. This not only sustained us, but also raised us up out of the abysmal stasis of stagnancy — our will to go on went on because of your willingness to send your selfless spirit our way. We know we’re not alone when it comes to feeling alone. Or depressed. Or hopeless. You have had these moments too. It’s something we all have in common, no matter who we are or where we’re from. You’ve felt like giving up. We did too. But mingled with this feeling was something we didn’t expect. And as we gave place for it, nurtured it, and expressed gratitude for it, we felt this feeling grow.

It was joy.”

(Continue reading their words here.)

The song is a combination of “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the beloved Christmas hymn “Joy to the World.” The Piano Guys are joined by the Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir and the Wesley Bell Ringers. You can watch the video below.

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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.
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