Have you ever attended a children’s piano recital? Sometimes, they can make you want to cry.
In fairness, that response may be linked to the sheer duration of the experience. After all, these events often feature dozens of youngsters trooping across the stage, showcasing some rather chancy levels of musical mastery.
But Psychology Today explains that poignant strains of music really can produce bona fide tears in many listeners.
Collaborative research from the University of North Carolina and the University of Sydney found that numerous folks are moved to tears by a beautiful melody. In fact, nearly 90 percent of study participants said listening to specific songs made them feel a little weepy.
Researchers also discovered that subjects began tearing up for several different reasons. Some felt actual sadness, while others experienced a quiet sense of awe.
When adults feel a sob welling up in their chest, many force a stoic poker face for the sake of decorum. But young children don’t always have the same filters in place.
Want some adorable proof? Take a peek at a short video posted by YouTube user Josh Noftz.
The subject of the original snippet was Noftz’s two-year-old son, Tyler. The youngster sat there in a sea of adults, attending his sister’s piano recital.
Her song of choice? The classic “Moonlight Sonata,” composed in 1801 by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Note after breathtaking notes began flowing from the unseen keyboard. But the most notable detail of all was little Tyler’s instant reaction.
At first, his tiny brow furrowed and his lower lip began to quiver. Tyler glanced around the room in mild distress, almost as if he wasn’t quite sure what was happening.
Then, as the lilting melody continued, Tyler’s sniffles commenced. Soon his eyes began spilling over, too.
After another minute, it became clear that Tyler desperately needed a tissue. He bravely tried holding it together, but the angst was almost overwhelming.
The original video received so many supportive likes and comments that Classic FM recently shared it on their own Facebook feed. There, it’s continued to earn thousands of appreciative shout-outs and shares.
But one of the most affecting remarks appeared under the original YouTube video. It was posted by a user named Lawrence El.
“I was a professional musician for many years and I hope that you will let Tyler touch the piano with your guidance,” read the heartfelt note.
El went on to call young Tyler “a deeply sensitive and beautiful child” who would likely go on to display tremendous musical aptitude. “Thank you for sharing him with the world.”
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