This May Be the Craziest Piece Ever Written for Piano [VIDEO]

This song is so fast the piano keys start to smoke! (Photo courtesy Rousseau/YouTube)

The piano is a huge part of my life. Having taken piano lessons for most of my youth, it has always provided me a means to relax. Even if I am not behind a keyboard myself, I love listening to pianists, regardless of the genre they’re playing. Growing up, I didn’t truly appreciate classical pieces like I do now because my first love has always been and always will be jazz. But when I came across this video on YouTube recently, it stopped me dead in my tracks because it may very well be the craziest piece I’ve heard or seen performed on the piano.

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‘Going Into Town’ Celebrates Everything We Love (and Love to Hate) About New York City [REVIEW]

New York City waterbug

In Roz Chast’s love letter to New York, Going Into Town, she reminisces about everything we love and loathe about the Big Apple, including its wildlife. (Illustration by Roz Chast)

From the very first time I stepped foot in New York City as a teenager, I’m one of those people who is simply crazy about the place. I love everything about it: from the sidewalk food vendors to the mom-and-pop coffee shops, from Little Italy and Chinatown to Wall Street and Battery Park. There’s a palpable energy there that throbs with life, like an irresistible rhythm that simply invades my soul, and I feel it every time I arrive. Now author and cartoonist Roz Chast captures every nuance of that experience in her love letter to Manhattan, Going Into Town.  Read more of this post