Pianos bring music to the streets of uptown

Painted pianos bring music to uptown

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If you've walked around the Government Center or Tryon Street in uptown this week, you may have noticed some hand-painted pianos on the sidewalk. 

They're part of the city's third annual "Pianos Parking Charlotte" to bring music to the streets of uptown.  Anyone is free to use them, but the real story isn't the pianos, it's the piano players.

"I played since before I was 10 years old," Josh Caldwell said.

Born and raised in the Queen City, he's never taken a piano lesson.

"Well, all because of God," Caldwell said. "God gave me a talent."



Lynda Edwards has had a piano since she was little. She plays at her church and creates her own music.

"I kind of just write my feelings," Edwards said. "And I just play."

Kimberly Gast's mom was a piano teacher.

"I was probably taking lessons since [age] 2," Gast said.

But the piano isn't always for everyone. 

"Eventually I was like I don't want to take lessons anymore Mom," Gast said. "She was crushed, of course."

Before walking past it Thursday, Gast hadn't played in over a decade. But with her foot on the pedals, and hands on the keys, the memories came back.

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't wish that I'd have kept with it," Gast said.

These pianos in the city bring music to the streets and when Gast took her turn, she didn't miss a beat.

The pianos will be at each location along Tryon Street and at the Government Center until the end of October.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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