Not much was left standing when Jordan Baize emerged from the basement of his Bremen, Kentucky home following Friday’s tornado. Just his beloved Yamaha piano.
The roof had blown away, doors had come off their hinges and rubble coated the floor of what once was Baize’s living room, but his piano remained, only slightly waterlogged.
Baize sat down to play a favorite under an open sky.
Despite missing keys and a damaged instrument, he played his favorite Christian worship song, ‘There’s something About That Name’ by Bill and Gloria Gaither.
Jordan Baize plays his beloved grand piano under an open sky, as the roof of his home was blown away during Friday’s tornado (Picture: Triangle News)
His sister, Whitney Brown, recorded him playing and shared the video to Facebook, where it amassed thousands of likes and comments, and was shared over 500,000 times.
The video shows Baize sitting at his grand piano surrounded by what was left after a tornado tore through the day before.
‘I was standing in his bedroom packing anything I could salvage and I heard the most beautiful sound. Music,’ Brown wrote. ‘Jordan was sitting at his grand piano, playing the Gaither tune.’
She added: ‘Everything around him was broken. The piano had water damage, it had missing keys, and he didn’t know I was filming, but still he used his gift to glorify his God the best way he knew how.’
At least 88 people were killed by tornadoes that swept through Kentucky, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee on Friday. 74 of the deaths were in Kentucky, and 12 were in Baize’s town of Brennan, according to The New York Times.
Baize told the Times he was heartened by the response to the video.
‘In these times, whether folks all around the world have suffered a tornado this past weekend or not, we all are facing storms of some kind. That little bit of peace and perspective that I was dealing with, in what I thought was a personal, private moment, I think has spoken to people across the world.’
The 34-year-old who lost his entire house had been hiding out from the storm in his basement with his two children, his ex-wife and her husband. The entire family made it out of the storm safely. He said the tornado lasted about 30 seconds.
Upon his return the next day — taking stock of the damage — he found solace in the song he chose to play on his instrument for the very last time.
Like Baize, many across the state of Kentucky are coping with the sudden loss of all familiarity following the surge of 30 tornadoes that hit the region last week. Scores of people in the state have lost loved ones, homes, belongings and a sense of security.
Some parents even lost their children. Among the dead are 12 children, including a two-month-old and five-month-old.
Upon his arrival to Kentucky on Wednesday, President Joe Biden was left stunned by the sheer level of devastation.
‘I have not seen this much damage from a tornado,’ he said, before saying how moved he was by the way the community came together during such a tragedy.
That is ‘the way America is supposed to be,’ the president said.
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