I don't know if you've noticed, but parts of Colorado have been kind of underwater this week. Massive flooding has turned some 4,500 square miles into a disaster area. There's been a Katrina-sized helicopter rescue effort. Seriously, it's a big mess, and eight people have died so far. I can't even imagine how expensive it's going to be to recover. But sometimes, even if it's outrageously inappropriate, you just have to make music in the face of catastrophe. Here is Boulder resident Mark Changaris tickling the ivories of his baby grand in the midst of his flood-ravaged home.
"Mad World" -- what a perfect choice. Mark and his roommate had just returned from rescuing family members from the floods when their own home was invaded by the waters. Miraculously, the piano survived. "We needed something beautiful amidst the destruction and mud, rocks, and debris," his roommate Mauren Keely said. "Watching him play was the first time I actually felt sad and heartbroken by the events."
This reminds me of the scene in the movie Titanic where the orchestra keeps playing while the ship sinks. It's an "oh well, we're screwed, let's go down smiling!" kind of gesture. Imagine this happens to your home, and you look around, and you don't even know where to begin. Do you clean up? Will your building have to be torn down? Do you have any clean clothes? Do you even have insurance? What the hell are you going to do with your piano?!?
Play it again, Sam.
If you're thinking about the victims of these cataclysmic floods, you can contribute to these relief organizations. We hope Mark and his roommates are all right and that Mark finds a safe, dry place for his piano. And we love him for creating this moment of beauty in an otherwise depressing situation.
What's the first thing you would do if your home were destroyed by flood?
Image via Mauren Keely/YouTube