Like many other musicians, Paul Barton, a professional pianist, loves to play for the public, for the people.
However, Barton, unlike his colleagues, performs piano works not only in front of a human audience.
In some cases, he is also listened to with pleasure by… elephants.
Paul moved to Thailand two decades ago. And here he found an opportunity to combine his love for fauna with playing the piano.
There is such an organization, Elephants World, which is engaged in saving elephants.
Thanks to it, the musician constantly arranges concerts for animals that have become victims of human cruelty.
With old, blind elephants, Barton plays the masterpieces of Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin and other world classics.
As Paul himself noted, he sees that this activity of his benefits the affected elephants.
Music soothes and comforts them.
The pianist says the reaction of the elephant, who is blind and has never heard music before, is priceless.
There is a special bond between him and the elephants. And he communicates with them in a different language, understandable to both of them.
Barton is also convinced that music for animals is not just about calming them down.
It is also a kind of apology to such powerful living creatures.
Elephants have been working for the benefit of people for too long, says the pianist. They were mercilessly exploited in the forests, on the territories of private houses and estates.