A Man and His Dog Travel 10,000 Miles with Piano
I like hiking, but I’m not big on carrying a lot of weight in my backpack. It’s just the basics for me. When I read about a musician by the name of Dotan Negrin who has been backpacking around the country with his piano, the story intrigued me.
Dotan Negrin has been backpacking with his piano since April 2011. He calls the project Piano Across America and at this time he has logged in more than 19,000 miles with his dog Brando and his 500-pound piano. All along the way he plays music for people.
Negrin got the idea for this spectacular undertaking after he graduated from a New York City performing arts college. He worked odd jobs to make it through the sluggish economy, but told Fox News, “It was so frustrating waking up every morning doing the same routine working towards someone elseâ€™s dream instead of my own dream.”
The 26-year-old musician decided to follow his own dream by playing piano across the United States â€“ on city streets, small towns, and even the Grand Canyon.
Now he has taken his music on the road beyond the U.S. on a 10,000 mile journey from Manhattan to Panama. He is currently in South America where he has already played in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. He sleeps in his truck and lives on a budget. He shops at grocery stores instead of eating out, and doesn’t do a lot of shopping.
I find Negrin’s story inspiring in this day and age. So many college grads find themselves unemployed or underemployed following graduation. This is one young man who showed ingenuity and didn’t settle for that. He has taken a proactive approach to following his dreams and is filming his journey.
He plans on creating a web series that highlights different types of music. Once he returns to the U.S. he also hopes to initiate a free music workshop for kids and maybe even plan a European tour.
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