If there's one thing that was proven in the aftermath of the multiple attacks in Paris, it is that the love and light of the human spirit will never be extinguished.
The attack in Paris — which happened less than 24 after a terrorist attack in Beirut, Lebanon, left 44 dead and over 200 wounded — has resonated with people around the world and caused a variety of emotions due to senseless, ongoing violence. Whether they felt anger, sorrow, or just numb, many turned their feelings into actions of pure love by donating blood or opening their homes to strangers who had nowhere else to go.
Pianist Davide Martello, also known as Klavierkunst, felt called to action in another way.
Watching the Germany-France soccer game on television when the stadium was under attack, Martello decided to travel 400 miles to Paris to offer those in mourning one critical thing: hope.
He brought his piano, bedecked with a peace sign, to the Bataclan concert hall. It was here where the attacks began and more than 100 people lost their lives while watching a concert.
The song he chose to play was "Imagine" by John Lennon. It was a perfect choice that aligned with the general feeling of many, who long for unity and peace over division and hatred.
Though there was no singing during the performance, the iconic lyrics were invoked instantly:
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace ...
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
After he returned to Germany, Martello took to Facebook to reflect on his experience and the resilience of the spirit of France:
"It doesn't feel right for me to chill and talking to my friends here in Germany about my (past) experience in Paris yesterday. Some people in Paris are still afraid to go out. I wish all the street performers around Paris would stand together to perform for peace. My contribute will be a tour trough all the places where the killing was... I'm still tired from the drive of last night but I will come tomorrow. Paris is the city of love! FOREVER!"
Listen to his incredible tribute below:
(H/T: The Guardian)