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Have you seen or heard the story of this 11-year-old in Denver, Colorado area who is an amazing piano player? His name is Jude Kofie, and he is an autistic child. He has had some serious medical issues throughout his young life, but he remains positive and fun-loving. And, on top of all that, he is an other-worldly piano player.

He was ten when Denver’s ABC-7 did a news story about him. The family had an electronic keyboard in their basement, and one day Jude’s father Isaiah heard someone playing the instrument at an expert level. He was shocked, because his son had never been taught how to play the piano. Never had a piano lesson. Yet, he was playing like a master. So, he did what any proud and surprised parent would do nowadays. He grabbed his phone and recorded a video of his son. He posted the video online, and it went viral.


Pretty amazing young man, don’t you think? Sure, most of us have seen the 1988 film Rain Man starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. We learned that autism can sometimes give a person savant-like abilities. In the film, the autistic character portrayed by Hoffman was incredible with numbers and mathematics. In Jude Kofie’s case, the piano keyboard just makes sense to him.

There is more to this story though. After Jude’s story was aired on Denver’s ABC-7, a piano tuning expert in the area named Bill Magnusson saw the broadcast. He called the television station to learn more about this young man with Mozart-like talent. Jude’s family could not afford to purchase a grand piano for him, so Mr. Magnusson decided to use his inheritance money to help Jude pursue a musical career by gifting he and his family a grand piano!


Now, that is certainly a heart-warming story to start your New Year!


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

An Audiophiles Delight | 13 Items That Every Music Lover Needs To Own

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If you, or someone you know, loves to feel the music, create a memorable listening experience, and celebrate sound, these Must Haves deserve a first and second look.

  • The Art of Sound: A Visual History for Audiophiles

    This needs to be on your bookshelf. Author Terry Burrow takes us on a visual history of sound recording throughout the acoustic era (1877–1925), the electrical era (1925–45), the magnetic era (1945–75), and the digital era (1975–present).

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    This stunning side table comes complete with a 360-degree premium Bluetooth speaker and subwoofer.  Not only that, but it features a USB charging outlet, wireless charging area, 3 preset EQ settings, and more.

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    Looking for a way to help reduce resonance and vibration to get you a cleaning-sounding experience?  You should definitely check out these Isolation Pads from Vinyl Provisions.  Made from cork and rubber, they’re available in 4 packs or 8 packs.

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    This set of six pairs of fun and funky socks is so cool! Designs include Flower Power, Fish & Whales, Submarine, Love, Yellow Submarine, and Pepperland, each featuring a different element of the film Yellow Submarine.

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    If your esthetic is a bit more retro, the “Ralph” smart side table could be just what you’re looking for.  You can store your favorite music items in the drawer while listening to tunes via the twin Bluetooth speaker built into the piece. It also comes with a built-in wireless charging plate on the surface of the table.

  • Tape Reel Clock

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