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What do we truly need in our lives? Asks Mathias Lefebvre (Transcript)

Mathias Lefebvre

Transcript: Mathias Lefebvre aka Piano Man on What do we truly need in our lives? at TEDx Queenstown

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Oh wow, look at this thing here, grand piano laying around, just by yourself? Oh, you need a friend baby? Want a ride? Let me see what you got. Oh, check this out.


Oh, hello! Hey everybody, wow! There are so many of you guys. That’s lucky I put my fancy shirt on today. Hi, my name is Mathias. I am best-known in Queenstown as the Piano Man.

So here is basically what I do. I put an upright piano on a cart with wheels and I pull it everywhere around town where I go and I play, I bask with it. So usually I’m facing the lake, telling the lake my story with music. But today’s a great day and I’m facing you and I will tell you my story with words.

This is a story about food, shelter and love. These, I came to understand, are the 3 things that I truly need in my life. So I came to this understanding through a little bit of a journey, but it’s a long story. To make it short, I finished my studies back home in Belgium where I’m from, and something didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel like going from studying to working, I felt too obligated, something just didn’t feel right. So I left. I went traveling. I went to Africa, South America, Asia, until I got to New Zealand and — I was broke.

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