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Something Wonderful: I Saw 3 Ships

This was really filmed in the middle of the night, as you may have guessed.

500,000 Christmas lights “starred” in this display (that’s a half-million, people!!) 4,900 digital channels were utilized to ensure that the entire spectrum of the piano’s keyboard was featured brilliantly. 46,000 watts of juice were pumped to electrify this pizazz! A camera attached to a drone served as the primary angle to capture the captivating Christmas Spirit of these festive homes. The piano was actually being played. The police actually did show up. For real. (We’d like to thank them for their kindness and mercy. No pianists were harmed or jailed in the making of this video

Gentlemen, start your Christmas engines!

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  • Monty James December 12, 2017, 7:04 PM


  • bfwebster December 12, 2017, 8:48 PM

    The heartbreaking subtext is that the pianist is Jon Schmidt (of the Piano Guys), whose 21-year-old daughter went missing while hiking in the Oregon mountains in October of last year. Her body was found a month later; she had apparently slipped and fallen off a cliff. It’s been a rough year for him.

  • Casey Klahn December 12, 2017, 10:10 PM

    Today, he wins the internet!

  • MarkInKansas December 12, 2017, 11:48 PM

    Without fail, I eagerly open your blog to read your latest posts and an hour or so later I find I’ve been watching YouTube videos related to one you’ve posted. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • dr December 13, 2017, 12:26 AM

    Auto-start video adverts with sound? Not cool, American Digest. Talk to your advertising provider.

  • dr December 13, 2017, 12:28 AM

    Auto-start video adverts with sound? Not cool, American Digest. Talk to your advertising provider. People who white list you on ad block don’t appreciate that sort of thing!

  • Julie December 13, 2017, 7:07 AM

    You should be able to change the settings in your web browser to disallow autostarting media. It’s probable that there’s nothing Vanderleun can do on his end; Wordpress places the ads.

  • Julie December 13, 2017, 7:14 AM

    And yes, that was marvelous – thanks, Gerard! And God bless John Schmidt.

  • Vanderleun December 13, 2017, 7:45 AM

    Nothing on autostart from this end. I hate that.

  • pbird December 13, 2017, 12:09 PM


    Here you go. The original and still the greatest.

  • Gabrielpicasso December 13, 2017, 1:07 PM

    Thank you Gerard, I needed this.