Andersohn Turns 85 Years Old - Watch Out Billy Joel and Elton John

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Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

Last week I was fortunate enough to get away for a couple days to take my kids and visit their Grandpa for his 85th surprise birthday party in Arizona.  It had been 8 long years since my 3 boys had seen there Gramps, so this was a great surprise and fun for us all.  I won't bore you with all the mushy and sobby details, but I did want to share this video with you of my father playing the piano, possibly the very last time, and it was such a blessing to have it caught this on film.  Somehow I think he must have known this, and so he performed this song called "MORE" magnificently. 

So no tutorial today, no instructions or "How To" do this or that, just a simple video of Dad on his piano, with all his grand kids, son, and friends gathered around to wish him a very special 85th birthday. He is the oldest living Andersohn on the planet and he's quite proud of that. As you watch him play this song, keep in mind that this man played and entertained his entire life for thousands, maybe even millions. Now, just for a select few.

He has suffered and survived many illnesses, has only 1/4 of a stomach left, has arthritis in all his fingers, and is being treated for Parkinson's disease on top of his battle with cancer.  He hasn't played this piano for many years, but you would never know it by his demonstration of passion and love for the keys that's shown in this video. I hope you enjoy it, my father...  Gunner Andersohn at the Piano.

Happy Birthday Dad, you made it to 85!  I am proud of you and honored to be your son.  Your gift of music has now been handed down three generations and is still giving great joy and happiness to others this very day.  My gift back to you is sharing this song with all my friends and family here, so that your talents and music can live on forever. Thank you for sharing this very special day and this song with your family, your friends, and now with the rest of the world.

Musically Yours,
Happy Birthday, I love you Dad!

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Ted Tyndall
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Gunner, Happy Birthday. I hope it was all you wanted it to be.

Jul 31, 2010 07:19 AM #50
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Brad, you so fortunate to have spent time with your dad, memories that will be in your heart forever. I enjoyed listening and watching him celebrate one of his octogenarian birthdays. He is sweet, a great pianist, and a comic at that.

Happy Birthday Gunner!

Jul 31, 2010 07:26 AM #51
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Susan Neal
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Thank you so much Brad for sharing this with us.  Your Dad is great!  I miss my Dad so much and I'm glad you got to spend this time with yours and to capture his delightful personality on film forever.  And I enjoyed his playing!

Jul 31, 2010 09:23 AM #52
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That was beautiful.  My make up is running down my face.  What a great man.  It's so cool to see all of making music and it all came from your dad.  Thank you for sharing a special occassion with us.

Jul 31, 2010 09:26 AM #53
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Thank you for sharing your father's 85th birthday and his piano playing of More with your Active Rain friends.  It was actually quite moving.  Your father has a wonderfully expressive face.  If I were you I would freeze frame and print a copy of your father when he is smiling and looking down for one second between second 53 qnd 54 and also print out the freeze frame of his wonderful loving eyes looking at you at 4:49 when he states he loves you too.  I'm sure the moments you shared here with everyone brought us all to tears.  It is so wonderful to see such love - both love of playing a musical instrument and love of a parent for a child.  You are truly blest....

See you again at Rain Camp in San Diego next week!

Jul 31, 2010 12:09 PM #54
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Wow - 85 years of life and still going strong! Glad you and the boys got out there to celebrate with him! My Dad did not make it into his 80's - time slips away so quickly! Enjoy him while you can!!!
Aug 01, 2010 02:19 AM #55
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What a beautiful tribute to your Dad and despite the odds he sure still has it and can "tickle those keys". It was beautiful and thanks for sharing. I'll be looking forward to next year. He's not only great on the piano he has a great personality and sense of humor. Sue of Robin and Sue
Aug 01, 2010 08:24 AM #56
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What a great tribute to your dad! Here's to pops! Happy birthday Mr. Andersohn!

Aug 01, 2010 09:49 AM #57
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How wonderful for you to have had the opportunity to visit and spend time with your Dad.  My Dad is of a similar age and it means so much to them to spend time with family in a celebration.  I think you have taught us a lot about you and your family. thanks for sharing in this personal way.

Aug 01, 2010 02:44 PM #58
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I loved the playing but you really saved the best for last! The  interview at the end was my favorite part! Thanks for sharing! :)

Aug 01, 2010 03:20 PM #59
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Brad - That is awesome. Hope it was not TOO big of a surprise. I want to learn how to play the Piano... I've been saying it for years now and hopefully I'll actually do it...

Aug 01, 2010 04:47 PM #60
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Brad, That was such a great post/video. Your Dad was terrific and I'm happy for you that you could be with him. We are frequently treated to my father-in-law's piano rendition of "More". Even though it's less lavish than your Dad's, it makes my wife blubber every time because it was her mother's favorite. Good Stuff!

Aug 02, 2010 05:41 AM #61
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WOW you guys, I wish I had the time to respond to each of you right now, I really do want to, but Jon is riding my butt claiming I'm not getting enough work done around here during the workday.  (which is about a 12-16 hr day)

I'll be back after hours to comment to ya'll.  Thanks everyone for your support and comments, it means a lot to me and to my pops!  :-))

Aug 02, 2010 07:45 AM #62
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Absolutely Priceless! Happy Birthday Gunnar (sorry I'm a little late).. thanks for sharing Brad.

Aug 02, 2010 09:53 AM #63
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Brad, I have read a LOT of your posts over the past few years but this one is by far my favorite.The music influence in your life has always been interesting to me but to see this video, it becomes even more apparent where much of it comes from. How cool!

Like I have said many times, "You rock!" It's cool to say that Gunner rocks, too. :)

Thanks for sharing.

Aug 03, 2010 02:01 AM #64
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Hey Rene  - never too late to send someone good wishes!  Great talking to you on the phone yesterday, go get em man!!  :-)

Nick - thanks. Really? Your favorite? I'll have to send you some stuff of what the family band is doing right now. Very cool!

Aug 03, 2010 03:05 AM #65
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Brad - Thanks for sharing your Dad's awesome performance. The end of the video is priceless! Happy Birthday Gunnar!

Aug 03, 2010 04:31 AM #66
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So now we see where you get your musical talent from!  What a fun trip for you all!  

Happy Birthday Gunnar!  

Aug 03, 2010 12:22 PM #67
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WOW.  That was amazing.  He really has a grasp of how to keep an audience captivated.  I see where you get your talent.  Thanks for sharing that. 

Aug 07, 2010 03:31 PM #68
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Thanks for sharing that very special moment with us.  Your dad is amazing on the piano.  He played More so beautifully!  I hope he had a wonderful birthday.

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