[Via ABC News]
That dashing young man in the tux? That’s Jacob Velazquez, a 7-year-old piano prodigy. He started playing the piano three years ago, learning by watching his dad play on the family piano, memorizing it, and playing it back. It was around that same time that his parents got the news that he had been diagnosed with autism. According to ABC News, the family struggled to find him a teacher for quite some time, but none would take him on as a student because he was just 4.
“Most teachers said he had to be at least five or, ideally, seven,” Jacob’s mom, Tina Velazquez, told ABC News. “We finally found a teacher who agreed and she would give him a song and he would learn it instantly in one lesson while the other kids would take a month.”
It would seem as though Jacob has a musical gift that allows him to play intricate piano songs with ease. Just look what he does to Beethoven’s Sonata:
Look at him go! That’s two years ago, when Jacob was just 5. Not bad for a young man who can’t even reach the pedals!
Turns out this little guy really likes Taylor Swift. Like REALLY likes her. To the point where he created a beautiful piano medley of T-Swift’s songs, and topped it off with a cute message to her before he started to play.
“I’m your biggest fan. I hope you can sign this [1989 CD] for me one day. I hope we can jam. I created something for you and it goes a little something like this.”
According to Mashable, Jacob’s mom Tina says that he literally has dreams about meeting Taylor Swift every night.
Well it looks like that dream is going to come true for him sooner rather than later, because Taylor picked up on it and had this to say:
@JacobsPiano I HAVE to give you a hug for that beautiful piano medley you did! Please come to a show on my tour and say hi to me? My treat.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 19, 2015
Wow, if I’d known it was possible to get a hug from Taylor Swift like this, I would have started practicing piano years ago!
On top of creating this medley, Jacob has been hard at work on his first album. He actually released his first music video almost a year ago in September 2014, a video for his first single, a dubstepped-up version of Fur Elise.
And you know, Taylor Swift has been getting a lot of love lately in the form of covers of her songs. Just last week I featured Ryan Adams covering 1989 beautifully in my blog. Check that post out HERE!