The moment the man playing the piano in his house was destroyed by a tornado

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There’s not much left for Jordan Baize to emerge from the basement of his Bremen, Kentucky home following Friday’s tornado. Just his beloved Yamaha.

The roof had been blown off, the doors had fallen off their hinges and rubble had covered the floor of what used to be Baize’s living room, but his piano was still there, only slightly waterlogged.

Baize sat playing her favorite game under the open sky.

Despite missing keys and a broken instrument, he played his favorite Christian worship song, ‘There Something About That Name’ by Bill and Gloria Gaither.

Jordan Baize plays his beloved grand piano under the open sky, when the roof of his house was blown off in Friday’s tornado (Image: Triangle News)

His sister, Whitney Brown, recorded him playing and shared the video to Facebook, where it garnered thousands of likes and comments and was shared more than 500,000 times.

The video shows Baize sitting at her grand piano, surrounded by what remains after a tornado tore through the day before.

‘I was standing in his bedroom packing whatever could be salvaged and I heard the most amazing sound. Music,’ Brown wrote. “Jordan is sitting at his grand piano, playing Gaither.”

She added: ‘Everything around him was broken. The piano was damaged by water, missing keys and he didn’t know I was filming, but he still used his gift to honor God the best way he knew how. ‘

At least 88 people were killed as tornadoes swept through Kentucky, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee on Friday. 74 people died in Kentucky, and 12 in the Baize town of Brennan, according to The New York Times.

Baize told the Times he was delighted by the response to the video.

‘In this moment, whether or not people around the world were hit by a tornado this past weekend, we are all facing some sort of storm. A bit of peace and perspective that I’m dealing with, in what I think is a personal, private moment, I think speaks to people around the world. ‘

The 34-year-old man who lost his entire home escaped the storm in his basement with his two children, her ex-wife and her husband. The entire family made it out of the storm safely. He said the tornado lasted about 30 seconds.

When he returned the next day – all damage had been done – he found solace in the song he chose to play on his instrument one last time.

Like Baize, many people across Kentucky are dealing with a sudden loss of familiarity after 30 tornadoes hit the area last week. Many people in the state have lost loved ones, homes, belongings and a sense of security.

Some parents have even lost their children. Among the dead were 12 children, including a two-month-old and five-month-old.

Upon arriving in Kentucky on Wednesday, President Joe Biden was stunned by the sheer extent of devastation.

“I don’t see this much damage from a tornado,” he said, before saying how touched he was at how the community has come together in such a tragedy.

That’s ‘the way America is supposed to be’, the president said.

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Huynh Nguyen

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