In the early days of February, we sadly lost one of the world’s most renowned and celebrated pianists – Don Shirley. In his honor, PianoCraft would like to celebrate the resilience of his music which has continued to inspire so many lives over the years.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1927, Shirley showed exceptional musical talent early on. Despite facing racism and segregation throughout his life and career, he never let that stop him from achieving his dreams.
Touching Different Genres of Music
One of the things that made Shirley such a unique and extraordinary artist was his willingness to experiment with different genres of music. He was classically trained, but he also loved jazz and gospel and often incorporated elements of both into his performances. He created a unique sound that spoke to the soul. It made him one of the world’s most versatile and innovative pianists.
Source of Inspiration
With great sadness, we mark the departure of Don Shirley, one of America’s most talented and resilient musicians. Shirley’s music has inspired people all over the world. He was a man who faced racism and bigotry to achieve his dreams. His resilience in the face of discrimination inspires us all.
We celebrate his spirit by playing his songs and discussing how his music has touched our lives. Shirley’s music can transcend time and place; it is truly timeless. His music speaks to the human condition, and his resilience in the face of adversity is an inspiration to us all. We hope that by sharing our love for Shirley’s music, we can help keep his memory alive and inspire others to achieve their dreams.
Shirley’s music has been a source of inspiration for many people over the years, including some of today’s biggest stars. In a recent interview, superstar Beyonce said she grew up listening to Shirley’s music, which has also significantly impacted her career. “His ability to transcend genres and cross boundaries is something I’ve always strived for in my music,” she said.
Celebrate Don Shirley’s Spirit
If you want to celebrate Don Shirley‘s spirit, why not learn to play his favorite instrument? Why not take lessons or buy a piano? There’s nothing better than romancing with a beautiful instrument and letting your fingers do the talking. And if you need some inspiration, there are plenty of Shirley’s recordings available to purchase or stream online.
Music Bringing People Together
The work of Dr. Donald Walden “Don” Shirley is celebrated posthumously with the release of the film Green Book in 2018, starring Mahershala Ali as Shirley, Viggo Mortensen as his driver, and bodyguard Tony Lip Vallelonga. Ali’s piano scene in the movie became very popular, inspiring many fans to buy and learn to play the piano. The Oscar-nominated film portrays Shirley as a world-renowned classical and jazz pianist who defied racial barriers throughout his career. Despite his challenges, Shirley’s music always managed to bring people together.
So, keep Don Shirley‘s spirit alive by enjoying and supporting his music!
Shirley’s music is timeless, and we can all learn something from it. Though he is no longer with us, his legacy will continue to live on through the beauty of his music. If the story of Don Shirley inspires you, why not buy a piano or restore your old one by bringing it to PianoCraft serving Washington, DC. We would be delighted to help!
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