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Classical pianist takes his piano into the Thai jungle to play for injured and elderly rescue elephants






A perfect story for a Sunday.

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This is the incredible moment a classical pianist played music for injured and elderly rescue elephants in the Thai jungle.

Paul Barton has been putting on his unique performances since 2011, and said he believes Bach and Beethoven can help rehabilitate animals who have lived stressful lives.

The elephants at Elephants World, a sanctuary near Kanchanaburi, appeared mesmerised by Mr Barton’s music recitals in a series of clips of the pianist.

Paul Barton has been putting on his unique performances since 2011, and said he believes Bach and Beethoven can help rehabilitate animals

Paul Barton has been putting on his unique performances since 2011, and said he believes Bach and Beethoven can help rehabilitate animals

In one video, a young elephant is seen chomping on sticks he found below the piano stool as classical music played above him.

The calf then decided to join in with Mr Barton – his trunk landing loudly on the piano keys as he explored the mystery instrument.

Mr Barton, from East Yorkshire, came across Elephants World while making a video about the River Kwai bridge.

He said he liked the sound of what was seen as a retirement home for the animals, and decided to pay the sanctuary a visit, asking the manager if he could bring his piano along.

Elephants at Elephants World, a sanctuary near Kanchanaburi, Thailand, were mesmerised by Mr Barton's music recitals in a series of clips

Elephants at Elephants World, a sanctuary near Kanchanaburi, Thailand, were mesmerised by Mr Barton’s music recitals in a series of clips

Mr Barton, from East Yorkshire, came across the sanctuary while making a video about the River Kwai bridge

Mr Barton, from East Yorkshire, came across the sanctuary while making a video about the River Kwai bridge

Elephants World is a sanctuary for more than 30 old, sick, abused, retired or rescued elephants, most of whom have ‘lived very hard lives,’ according to their website.

The first elephant Mr Barton played to was Plara, a blind elephant who stopped eating his breakfast of bana grass and stood motionless when he first heard the sound.

He said: ‘Almost all elephants react to music in a visible way. There’s a sudden movement when the music begins.

‘The elephants are free to walk about around the piano, they are not chained or tethered in any way. If they didn’t like the music then they could simply wander off.

‘Some elephants get very close to the piano of their own accord, they might drape their trunk over the piano even.

‘Some younger elephants can get very surprised by the sound and will run suddenly around the piano curious about it.’

He said he liked the sound of what was seen as a retirement home for the animals, and decided to pay it a visit with his piano

He said he liked the sound of what was seen as a retirement home for the animals, and decided to pay it a visit with his piano

The pianist usually plays slow, classical numbers to the elephants, he said, removing the parts that he believes will not hold their interest.

Each elephant has different tastes, and in total there are 28 that Mr Barton plays to.

Sometimes, wild monkeys also come to watch the pianist perform, sitting in groups on a nearby rock.

Mr Barton decided to learn piano after hearing an impromptu by Franz Schubert as a child.

As he didn’t have a piano at home, a young Mr Barton learned on other people’s instruments.

Elephants World is a sanctuary for more than 30 old, sick, abused, retired or rescued elephants, most of whom have 'lived very hard lives'

Elephants World is a sanctuary for more than 30 old, sick, abused, retired or rescued elephants, most of whom have ‘lived very hard lives’

Mr Barton, his wife Khwan and their daughter Emilie now live at the sanctuary in Thailand

Mr Barton, his wife Khwan and their daughter Emilie now live at the sanctuary in Thailand

He then studied fine art at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and 22 years ago, moved to Thailand to teach piano.

That teaching expedition was supposed to be short, three-month trip, but Mr Barton soon met his now-wife, Khwan, a wildlife artist with whom he has a daughter, Emilie, three.

The family now live at Elephants World, helping out with chores and playing with the animals that live there.

Mr Barton said: ‘The piano is out in the mountains, so it’s completely free – the elephant can do what it wants.

‘These elephants are standing close to you, and there’s kind of a connection that you can’t explain in words.’

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The value of true friends.






We had a tragedy here today.    (The horses are fine)

Ranch life can be difficult… but in an era when so many of us rarely know our neighbors – today, in a panic, a neighbor was all I had.

I digress a little… Since moving here, although I am not pleased with our horse set-up and I am constantly fighting ‘what I used to have’ vs what I do have… the one thing that I’ve always said about this recent move:  I have more friends here in Paso Robles than I ever did in Grass Valley.  I remember wishing that I had friends to share coffee and conversation over the fence or whatever… and now I have that.

Perhaps I didn’t try hard enough in Grass Valley.  Or maybe I’m just happier with the town of Paso Robles and the area… not sure.  But it is true, I have more friends in the short time that I’ve been here, than I did in the 12 years of Grass Valley.

TODAY

This morning, I needed help.  Hubby was over an hour away in class.  I called my neighbor.

One knows that tone of voice when one hears it.  My neighbor knew it was an emergency instantly.  I barely got the words out and she said, “I’m coming right over.”  Then she immediately texted me saying  “Hang in there, I’m downtown but will be there asap.”

And she came.  As I was leaving my driveway, she pulled up, parked her car and took over driving, talking to me the whole way.

She said the things she needed to say to keep me calm.  She listened to my concerns and did her best to assuage my fears.  She was a rock – who drove really, really fast.

This woman, Barbara, came to my rescue in a big way.

A WHILE BACK

When I was young and in college, a co-worker called me after midnight –  in hysterics – because her boyfriend had been shot in Westwood.

One of the things I regret to this day, and one of my huge life lessons, was not running to her aid immediately.  For some reason in my teenage brain, I thought my life and my class finals the next day, were more important.

I so regret greatly my actions that day.

A few years later, when my good friend lost her husband to suicide, I got on a plane and flew to her immediately.  It didn’t matter whatever I had on my schedule, I knew that NOTHING was more important than helping my friend at that horrible time.

I had learned.

THANK YOU

Thank  you to all of the good people out there.  The sung and unsung.  Sure, there are heroes on the news who deserve accolades, but today, my neighbor Barbara was my hero.  I could not have done it without her.

All of you who may not have been thanked for your heroic acts on a daily basis, I thank you all right here, today.

Blessed are the hearts of those who help others, no matter what.


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