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Flood Victim's Piano Video Goes Viral

BOULDER, Colo. -- In the middle of his mud-flooded home, a Colorado man finds solace on his waterlogged piano.
BOULDER, Colo. -- In the middle of his mud-flooded home, a Colorado man finds solace on his waterlogged piano.
   
The pressure can build inside any law firm. It's a very deadline oriented job.
Boulder attorney Mark Changaris understands the stresses.  The challenges of winning or loosing a case.

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," Changaris says.

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 its 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.  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."


(Jeremy Ross, KDVR for CNN)

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