Piano rendition by Liu Wei, armless but determined to live life to the fullest….
Watching the video below may literally bring tears to your eyes.
It shows an armless, self-taught pianist from Beijing, Liu Wei, playing the piano to a stunned, teary-eyed audience in ”China’s Got Talent” reality TV competition.
The 23-year-old wowed audiences and judges alike despite having no arms and using merely his two feet to play the piano.
Liu lost both his arms when he suffered a freak accident at the age of 10 after touching an electrical wire while playing hide and seek. The accident left him in critical condition for 45 days.
Recalling the tragic memory, he said, “I realized that I lost my arms forever and I cried.”
Losing both his arms did not deter him from his ambition of being a great music producer. He started practicing the piano at the age of 19 and admitted that it was tough at first. Although, he suffered from cramps and abrasion, he persevered.
On participating in the talent show, he said, “In my perspective, I have to be successful. My objective to be here is getting Top 3. So my mom could be proud of me.”
Watch his performance here.
His performance left one judge speechless and Liu was asked how he was able to do it.
His response? ”I think there are only two roads that I can choose in my life. One is to give up which would lead to a hopeless death. The other is to live life wonderfully. Nobody says that to play a piano, one can only use his hands.”
On his magical performance of the score, “Mariage D’amour”, one judge commented, “I think including me, and the others here, when we are watching him, when we are listening to his music, we shouldn’t have any complains in our lives.”
If we can take anything out of Liu Wei’s heart-warming, inspiring tale, it’s to stop complaining when life gets us down and, for once, truly appreciate how blessed we sometimes are.
Updated 11 Oct 2010
Armless Pianist Wins China’s Got Talent
Liu Wei, 23, sang James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful” at the final in Shanghai Stadium last night, defeating rivals that included a seven-year old comedian and a 23-year old aspiring rock star.
Perhaps his vocal is not the best render of this song, but the power and inspiration of his zest for life won him the final. Bravo! Liu Wei’s motto is,”I have two options – I can die as fast as possible, or I can live a brilliant life. And I chose the latter.”
The Shanghai Daily reports that Wei, a native of Beijing, won the judges over in part by making light of his situation: “At least I have a pair of perfect legs,” he said on national television.
Another video here, with intro (sorry only in chinese language)
Some of the quotes by Liu Wei after his performance:
“I hope everyone can persist on what they like. Perhaps other people will think I am ‘different’ when I do thing, but I tell myself at least I still have perfect legs”
“Everyone is responsible for his dream, if you only dream and not taking action to realize your dream, you don’t have the right to complain that life is unfair”
What more can I complain about life? Truly inspirational….
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