Teen is serious about playing jazz on piano (via Charlotte Observer)

Sean Mason is a 17-year-old pianist with a promising future. After taking piano lessons in seventh grade he decided to stop. Shortly after that, he was inspired by the movie “Ray,” about the life of Ray Charles. Mason was so inspired that he decided to teach himself to play the piano.

What Mason took away from the movie changed the course of his life.

“I could feel how the artist expressed his emotions through his music, how it made him happy and how it was a release,” he said.

When Mason plays the piano, he says he goes to a comfortable place inside himself where “It’s honest.”

“For me it’s definitely personal. I’m playing what I hear,” Mason said recently. “It’s something hard to put into words.”

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