Everyone knows Billy Joel’s hit song “Piano Man” and most can sing along to it. Some can play the song on the piano too. But few can put on a performance like 6-year-old Ethan did recently.
A video of Ethan playing the hit Billy Joel song went viral this past week and is proving to be quite the hit, making headlines and being viewed by thousands of Internet users. Since being posted Wednesday, over 79,000 people have watched it.
“Ethan, a six year old on the autism spectrum plays a Billy Joel favorite,” reads the YouTube video’s description.
The video shows Ethan, wearing a blue Spiderman t-shirt, taking on one of Joel’s greatest hits.
According to reports, Ethan, who was diagnosed with Autism, clearly has no problem communicating through the piano.
After playing for a few moments, he looks over to an older man sitting next to him and playing the guitar. “Sing it now” he says, to which the man begins singing Joel’s famous lyrics. But Ethan wasn’t going to let him go it solo.
Ethan later joins in and starts singing “He says son can you play me a memory, I’m not really sure how it goes,” and then goes back to playing the piano.
“Piano Man” was Joel’s first major hit and was first released November 1973 on the Piano Man album. It tells the story of a piano singer and others in the lounge. Joel has said that the characters depicted in the song were based on real people. It’s since been released on other records including his greatest hits collections, such as The Essential Billy Joel.
The song choice is proving to be quite popular as it’s become one of his most popular YouTube videos. The video joins a bunch of other performances by Ethan. His YouTube page includes performances of Coldplay’s “Clocks” and Paul cCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed.”
Check it out.