There will now be a short musical interlude.
On Wednesday I went through a list of bad things. Included in that list were the extraordinary number of standing ovations given by Danni Minogue and Brian McFadden on AGT. But on the rare occasion when the third judge Kyle Sandilands stood up with them, those ovations were usually worth it.
I’ve got two such occasions for you today.
Meet Chooka Parker.
Australia has two towns called Maryborough, Chooka lives near the one in Victoria, in a tiny rural town called Red Lion.
I suppose you could say he’s a bit of a country boy.
In Australia, we call chickens “chooks” and that’s where Chooka got his nickname from, on account of all the chickens on his parent’s farm. And whilst the farm might have loads of chooks, it doesn’t have a TV or a computer.
So, no Facebook, no twitter, no YouTube and, would you believe, no BobinOz! But Chooka loved to play drums on an old paint tin so much, that his dad decided to do something about it.
He bought him a piano.
Now, I can relate to Chooka on three levels:
- I met my wife in a pub called the Red Lion.
- He lives in a town with no pub. Hey, same here!
- He is brilliant on the piano and I have often wondered what it would be like to be brilliant on the piano.
Obviously I’m not, couldn’t be bothered to learn. But when I was his age, I used to wonder how cool it would be to go around to someone’s house and notice a piano in the corner and just say “May I?” Then plonk my bottom down on the piano stool and bash out a tune just like Chooka.
It did happen, but only in my imagination.
But Chooka’s talent is real and, of course, the full story of his audition and first ever TV appearance on Australia’s Got Talent has been captured on YouTube. Many times! I’ve got two of them here.
This guy is probably a genius. I don’t know a great deal about piano playing (see above), but I found this on one of the comments on YouTube. The commenter, who probably does know something about piano playing, said……..
“….he can replicate scales only level 10 pianist at the end of their career after 30 years of playing could even wish to create with such speed…”
The video I am about to show you is the full version (recommended) of his debut and at the time of writing has only been online for three months. But it’s clocked up almost 1.4 million views! So I think it’s worth taking a look.
Oh, by the way, Chooka was only 16 years old when he did this…..
For those in a hurry, here’s another video, this one without all the talky bits and with a different piece of music. It’s just Chooka and his piano. But be warned! If you choose this one to ‘save time’, my bet is you just won’t be able to stop yourself from watching the other video afterwards.
Hahaha! Take it away Chooka…..
As I mentioned in a previous post, Australia’s got characters, but as you can see, Australia’s also got talent.