The Piano of Peace
Location: The Piano of Peace lives in the center of the first floor of Duke Hospital Cancer Center. The Cancer Center is five floors high, each floor dedicated to treating a different type of cancer. The Piano of Peace is a black Steinway and can be heard throughout the entire care center by every patient, staff member, and visitor who enters the the building. Notes travel far and high healing patients and families. My niece, Lindsey, who attends Duke University discovered this magical piano. She told me,“Uncle Mikey, I have just found the perfect piano for you! It’s got your name written all over it.”
Seven Songs from The Piano of Peace
In your Eyes
First Thing This Morning
Feel Us Shaking
The Piano of Hope
Location: The Piano of Hope sits in the corner of the Interfaith Chapel in the Pitt Community Hospital in Greenville, North Carolina. It is brand new and not many have had the opportunity to play on it yet. The hospital just installed a video cameras on the piano, so that patients can see and hear the music all over the hospital. This brand new shiny black baby grand has a bright future.
The Who (Gettin’ in Tune)
Coldplay mix on the piano (The Scientist)
Pink Floyd (Great Gig in the Sky)
U2 (With or Without You)
Over the Rainbow
Bruce Springsteen (Bobby Jean)
The Forrest Gump Suite
The Piano of Grace
Location: This piano was sitting all alone in a warehouse in downtown San Diego when I found it. One day as I as walking by, I heard the sound of music. When I went in, a man was playing. He was dirty and dusty from working. As I approached the piano to listen he stopped playing. “Keep playing. It sounds nice.” I said. “No I am just fiddling around. I cannot play. If you can play please feel free. I need to get back to work. My lunch break just ended.”
As the worker went back to his work, I began to play. He joked with me, “That sounds great! I will pay you $100 day to come play when I am working.” After some time I had to get going. As I was leaving, he said I could come play on it anytime, "The man that bought the warehouse asked for everything to be removed except the piano because he thought it still had more music to be played!"
After I left I could not wait to return the next day to play. When I did, the worker was not there but a man in a suit came up to greet me when I started to play. I was shocked when I realized it was the worker that I had met the day before. He shook my hand and said, “I was hoping you would take me up on my offer. The piano has been waiting for you.” He and his wife ended up turning the warehouse into an art gallery. Now The Piano of Grace sits in the middle of the art gallery and it's best music is yet to be played.