Based on a true story, this poignant moment in a concert hall reminds us how even the most embarrassing situations can be turned around with a little patience and Encouragement.
Dad: Where’s Tommy?
Mom: I thought he was with you? Jack!
Mom: Go get him!
Pianist: Don’t stop, keep playing.
Pianist: Here we go. Here’s the fun part.
Mom: Did you do this?
Pianist: Great job!
ANNCR/SUPER: Encouragement, Pass it on. A message from The Foundation for a Better Life.
This is really very encouraging.
Sr. Athens 15 days ago from Lahore
Still good and real after all this years.
Bob Cavalcanti about 1 month ago from Brazil
Denise Addona 5 months ago from New Jersey
This was a great comercial! and so cute!
Youtuber 6 months ago from Canada
soraya bach 6 months ago from deerfield beach
Celeste 7 months ago from Ocala
This is an awesome commercial. If you are trying to make me cry on Christmas Day, you are doing an excellent job!
James 7 months ago from Alexandria, VA
I love this commercial, the story behind it, and what it represents.
Kimberly 7 months ago from Oakland, CA
Absolutely Love this Video! I never pass it by! Thank You!
Vickie Hicks 7 months ago from Vandalia IL
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Jan 7 months ago from Minneapolis
Great commercial. When was it made? Who was the little boy & how old was he? My wife is always asking me to find out.
J. Anderson 8 months ago from Alabama
One of my favorite all time commercials. I always stop what I am doing to watch.
Bobbie 8 months ago from Maple Valley, Washington
I think the pianist was Jan Paderewski.
Karen 8 months ago from Baltimore
Encouragement - pass it on.
John Ozoroff 9 months ago from Bristol
an inspiration and lesson we should all strive to achieve daily...encourage and validate each other
anna 9 months ago from macon, ga
tatyanna 9 months ago from killeen/tx
I would like to know more about the true story the ad is supposedly based on. I'd love to know who the pianist was.
C L Carl 9 months ago from Ontario, CA
caught this commerical this AM a simple encoruagement nearly brought me to tears
Russ Avant 10 months ago from Houston
desiree 10 months ago from killeen
This commercial made me feel so good and encouraged!
Linda Underwood 10 months ago from MD
chris brown 10 months ago from Penna.
This is one of the best commercial I have seen in a long time. very simple, common people and deals with our youth,This shows that kids just needs that boost from adults to encourage them. Thank You for this
BARBARA HUNSAKER 10 months ago from hereford,texas
i love this cause it tells us a lesson
carley 11 months ago from buckley
The best I have ever seen. Does the pianist have any CDs? Awesome, awesome rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I would love to have it as my ring tone on my Smart Phone. Please advise.
Margo Jesse 11 months ago from Antioch, IL
I founded a Foundation--The Barnabas Society www.thebarnabassociety.org). Named after St. Barnabas, whose name means, "The Encourager". Your website epomizes the the purpose. Thanks for great TV commercials!
Jack Warkenthien 11 months ago from Houston
The pianist is Kurt Bestor. It is a great commercial.
Curtis 11 months ago from St Louis
AWSOME / JUST AWSOME!!!! LOVE IT
THIS SHOULD BE DISPLAYED IN EVERYWHERE......WE ALL NEED ENCOURAGEMENT..
Tia 11 months ago from TX
What a wonderful commercial....a sweet little boy, and a really nice pianist...encouraging!!
cathy b. 11 months ago from menofee, calif.
Love the CONCERT commercial. Its as good as Budweiser and the horse finding his former owner! I love how it takes a most likely embarrassing situation and turns it into an inspirational moment! Love it!
Liz 11 months ago from Markiel
Beautiful and inspiring!
Ms Grateful 11 months ago from Tennessee
who is the pianist in this commercial?
Judy 12 months ago from home
One of my Favorite commercials ever!
Julie 12 months ago from Florida
What a wonderful rendition. So encouraging. If only we can encourage and love one another daily, this world would be a wonderful place to live in. Many thanks for sharing this with us all. God bless!
Pat Claire 12 months ago from Malaysia
One of the best ad of the last few years - we need many, many more ads this good. Hope this group will put out more of the same caliber. It's refreshing to see a good ad nowdays.
Gerald Swank 12 months ago from Tucson
Altho I have seen this commercial a number of times, it always touches and blesses me. It is so uplifting and
encouraging. What a world we would have if all of us would reach out in love to one another. Thank you for
sharing this with everyone. God Bless!
Kaye 12 months ago from Maryland
I'd love to know what type of job opportunities value.com offers. What an inspiring commercial-so true
Kathy L. 12 months ago from NY State
The pianist is playing one of Mozart's variations of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
Sam about 1 year ago from USA
Greatest commercial I have ever seen!!!
Carleen Dearinger about 1 year ago from Fort Smith, AR
We just love this! Who is the pianist? He reminds me of Kurt Bestor
Pat Johnson about 1 year ago from Arizona
BRAVO! Love it!
Juanita about 1 year ago from Missouri
This is the very best rendition of this little song I have ever heard. I would really like to know "who" the adult pianist is playing with the little boy. Does he have any CD's out. He is absolutely wonderful. I cannot get that little song out of my mind. Please tell him he is comfortable and easy and great! Thank for that commercial.
Margo Jesse about 1 year ago from Antioch, IL
it was a heartfelt clip....continue to give us more of encouragement video like this....
maceh gomez about 1 year ago from philippines
Everytime I see this I shed a tear, a happy tear, to think how easily we adults can encourage a young person if we will but take the time. It is also a sad reminder to think how often we pass up the opportunity to do so.
Scott about 1 year ago from J
Do see that...? the way to be wise, and make the son's confident grow up..
Aqli about 1 year ago from Indonesia
it is really beautiful. we might learn a lot of things about being humble.
Julio Ayala about 1 year ago from Panama, Centre America
I LOVE THIS VIDEO!!! I CAN WATCH IT OVER .AND OVER..............NO WONDER I'VE BEEN A TEACHER FOR 34 YEARS!!!!
Trici about 1 year ago from Grayson, Ga
Best commercial I can remember... even my young boys love it (one of them is learning to play the piano). Very touching even after watching several times.
Brian about 1 year ago from Cary NC
I love this. Who is the adult pianist?
Bev about 1 year ago from MRyville, TM
One of the best commercials I have seen on TV lately.
tammy about 1 year ago from fairbanks ak
This is very touching. The music is also very nice.
Koh Mingyang about 1 year ago from Singapore
so inspiring it brought tears to my eyes. It is too bad not all the kids in the world are inspired like this...
stephanie about 1 year ago from clarksville tn
Absolutely my favorite commerical period!
Sharyn about 1 year ago from AZ
I don't normally like blogs. Boring. But yours is wonderful.
Barbara about 1 year ago from Texas
I love this FBL commercial the best.
Mikayla McDowell over 1 year ago from Alabama
Very awesome, as well as very inspiring, too. I like it. :)
Abigail over 1 year ago from Beavercreek, Oregon
In Stephen Brown's book, "When Being Good Isn't Good Enough" he writes in chapter 2 entitled 'The Music of Freedom' (The Boy Who Loved Music). This wonderful add captures the message of that chapter so beautifully. A treasure both.
Carl B. over 1 year ago from Augusta,GA
bobby w. over 1 year ago from usa
I loved it!
Katie over 1 year ago from USA
Very cool; very inspirational!
Derek over 1 year ago from Washington, DC
Why not give credit to the real life pianist....Padarewski? It would not detract from the story but rather add veracity to the clip. Great story!
Richard Young over 1 year ago from Minnesota
I usually get nervous to be in the concert from a school because there are songs that are too funny for them and songs that are nonsense and one of the people are embarrassed.
Connie R over 1 year ago from California
I'm happy to say that I'm almost to tears sometime watching this commercial, and similar commercials (like the girl singing that national anthem, and forgets the words) it's so wonderful and makes me smile every time, high, HIGH praise for anything on television, let alone a commercial. Thank you for putting this up!
Nicholas over 1 year ago from Boston
In the TV world of absurd reality shows, it is a joy to watch such a charming, moral clip. Thank you!!!
Phyllis over 1 year ago from Sacramento, CA
What a great "feel good" moment! When I first saw this piece three or four years ago, it brought laughter and tears of joy. It still does...
There are so many bad commercials that when a really good one is made, it really stands out. The Mean Joe Green Coke commercial was my favorite from the time it was made in 1980 but this one easily beat it out. I have shared it with many others who feel the same. Thank you and keep up the good work!
Walter over 1 year ago from Arizona
That was awesome!!!!!
Liya over 1 year ago from Delhi
What a great experience and inspiration for a youngster.
Cathy over 1 year ago from Loved This
I love how he encourages the little boy to not stop trying and too keep on going so he can get good!
jon over 1 year ago from tx,austin
This commercial always makes me cry and sometimes I find it online and watch it repeatedly. I don't understand why it touches me so deeply but it always does and I love it!
Rahim over 1 year ago from NY
jordan over 1 year ago from dallas
I think this is the best ever!
Rockin-Sid over 1 year ago from 70444
What a good way to keep dream and hope alive.
That was wonderful.
Iwatuje Afolabi over 1 year ago from Nigeria, Lagos
AAAAAWWWWWWWWWWW thats so adorable!
Aneesah Phillips almost 2 years ago from Glendale Heights,Illinois
What a great clip! Sometimes when my friends are sad, I show them a clip from values and they instantly are happy, amazing!
Bob almost 2 years ago from Denver
That was cute!
kenny about 2 years ago from nevada
That commercial still brings tears to my eyes - whoever the real pianist was, he was such an amazing gentleman to that little boy!
Kimberly about 2 years ago from Illinois
Randy King over 2 years ago from China
This Video makes me want to learn how to play a piano now (:
Deshondre Sims over 2 years ago from Beaumont, Texas
Tom Gardner over 2 years ago from Massillon, Ohio
One of the best commercials ever. Congratulations!!!
Susanna over 2 years ago from Oregon
I think it is brilliant.
DINESH PERERA over 2 years ago from SRI LANKAN
Charles Opil over 2 years ago from Nakuru, KENYA
I was inspired just watching it! AWESOME!
Lisa Bradford over 2 years ago from USA
I encourage the author/director/maker to make more commercial like this. The appeal is great!
Tito de Guzman over 2 years ago from Pasig City Philippines
People love this ad and so do I. However it is based on a story that seems to periodically make its rounds on the Internet. While I appreciate the message, the "True Story" opening should really be removed. This Urban Legend has been debunked several times. The Truth or Fiction website is a good place to start.
Pass it on.
Marc over 2 years ago from Napa, CA
that was great. its really amzing. i love values
broz joseph tito over 2 years ago from philippines
The pianist was playing one of Mozart's variations on "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." I think Mozart wrote six.
Sam over 2 years ago from Poulsbo, WA
Love this video so much, I have plans to include a blog on my pet memorial website...instead of sharing sorrowful stories, we will share the good times, the inspiring stories surrounding our pets...Thank you!
Nancy McComas over 2 years ago from Jarrettsville MD
john lloyd over 2 years ago from philippines
This is a brilliant commercial! I've only seen it recently and the first time I did, it touched my heart. I wish this kind of thing happened to me when I was young. This is inspiring and everyone could benefit from it. Thank you!
Marissa B. over 2 years ago from Pennsylvania
I think it is brilliant.
Mike M over 2 years ago from Tacoma, WA
i absolutely love this. i cannot watch it without crying. this is based on a true story with the famous pianist ignacy padarewski
darby over 2 years ago from nyc
Awesome! I know the original story and this was great!!
Tony A over 2 years ago from Gilbert, AZ
I like it!
Syaz almost 3 years ago from Malaysia
Best TV program I have seen. My hats is off to Kurt Besto, the piano player.
Cameron S almost 3 years ago from Indiana
I've been that kid daring to explore the fascinating world, but never got the encouragement you show so lovingly in this spot. I cannot see it without crying, thinking of all the tiny adventurers today who need that emotional support right now, and the one still inside me who also needs it from myself.
Kristina Jordan almost 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA
THIS SPOT HAS ALWAYS BROUGHT TEARS OF JOY TO MY EYES AND HEART. PLEASE KEEP IT COMMING!
Joseph jule almost 3 years ago from MD
I love this commercial! Reminds me to turn embarrassing moments into a learning opportunity!
Anastasia Fossett almost 3 years ago from CA
This "encouragement" commercial should win an award. Very simple and very well done.
Ted B almost 3 years ago from Kingwood TX
This story originated with just a mother and a child playing Chopsticks which quite frankly is much more "annoying" than Twinkle, Twinkle. The great pianist Pader Is reminds us of - well, everything that has been said here. Many different things, but the end result is good from seemingly a less than desirable situation.
E almost 3 years ago from Ohio
what is the true story about the concert pianist?
gary almost 3 years ago from philly
I thank God for things like this, the ads I have seen on TV have been such an inspiration to me. Today I found your web site, oh what a find! Now I can pass this along to the people in my life that I love and care about and everyone else that I haven't had that pleasure with yet. Our spirit is a wondrous force that when expressed gives hope to others and ourselves.
Thank you for your actions that made this a reality. I will surely pass it on, bless us one and all.
W Doug Ripley almost 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon
Heartwarming,beautiful, and inspiring. I am glad it is a true story! Simply one of the feel good moments where you're glad to be part of this experience.
Judith about 3 years ago from Fontana
I love this.
Michael G about 3 years ago from Chicago, IL
This is now my new favorite Foundation For A Better Life television spot. I love how y'all put these spots on SPEED so us race fans can see what good can be in the world today.
Keith about 3 years ago from Woodstock GA
Love this one,makes you feel great!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sheila about 3 years ago from Concord, CA
That brought true laughter & happiness!
Prashanth about 3 years ago from Nantucket
Oh I love these commercials! And I'm a kid! I always think ergg another commercial but these make me want to replay it over and over again!
Megan V about 3 years ago from California
I am always complaining about commercials. The stupidity of them just amazes me. Saw your "Concert in 60 seconds" commercial! Congratulations. Do whatever you have to to keep the writer(s). It is absolutely wonderful.
Colette about 3 years ago from Rochester, IL
I am a pretty sarcastic person and I generally find these kinds of commercials to be hokey and dull, but...
This commercial is amazing. Every time I see it I stop what I'm doing and watch it. I was in a similar situation when I was young (although not nearly on such a large scale) and it brings back good memories.
Thank you. This commercial is simply amazing.
Jen about 3 years ago from Iowa
Tony about 3 years ago from Seattle, WA
Every time I see this spot, I get the warmness in my heart, I watch this every time I feel a little low, it's worth the smile in the end.
ManiX about 3 years ago from Concord, NH
I tear up the second this ad begins. Wasn't there an earlier part where the mother or father tries to teach Tommy to throw a baseball, kick a soccer ball,jump, and other physical skills he's not good at? Then comes the part on stage -- when you know Tommy has found his true passion...
Pam Shumway about 3 years ago from McCormick, SC
An amazing way to teach our kids creative thinking (one vital life skill). In this way, they will learn "how to think" not just "what to think".
Ziad about 3 years ago from Dubai
It's amazing,it is so delightful and my heart was filled with moving tears. Encouragement,Pass it on. Well done .
Cathy about 3 years ago from Nanchang,China
THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST SPOT THAT I HAVE SEEN. IT BROUGHT ME TO TEARS AND THE MESSAGE IS VERY CLEAR......ONE WORD......ENCOURAGEMENT.
JANET about 3 years ago from BEAUMONT, TEXAS
Best spot on TV today. Keep them coming! Thanks.
Russell Johnson about 3 years ago from South Jordan, Utah
Kurt Bestor has to be one of the nicest guys in the world. What a wonderful commercial.
Rick about 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH
I really enjoyed helped making a positive Commercial...of Encouragement... Kurt Bestor..is one of the best-est...Very Talented...
Albert H. about 3 years ago from Sunset, Utah
This is wonderful - I hope that people ask themselves whether they would have handled this surprise twist in the moment before their performance as beautifully as this pianist did. Thank you for this and so many other wonderful public announcements!
Rick Case over 3 years ago from Japan / Oregon
Awww this is sooo cute!
Bracara over 3 years ago from Canada
Thank you for a great website. There should be more sites like this on the internet. Reminds me a lot of the movie Pay It Forward- doing good things for others.
David over 3 years ago from Salt Lake
This clip is so inspiring. It makes me want to cry! :)
Jenna S. over 3 years ago from Maryland
This spot has it all! Tears, smiles, and of course, encouragement! Extremely well done reenactment of a true story! Great story; great actors; GREAT spot!
Jhon over 3 years ago from Skyforest, California
This is a wonderful portrayal of a concert by Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Coleen P. over 3 years ago from Salt Lake City, UT
My experience with a famous musician is awesome. I became a fan of a band, found two members online and befriended the guitarist. He is amazing, no "im better than you" ego, he's funny, and makes great sounds on guitar. Met him at a gig. He's even gone far enough as to call me a couple times recently.
Where is he? Finland. I rarely get to see him, but he gives me the best gift of all, friendship with some encouragement in my own guitar learning.
Buslady over 3 years ago from SoCal
My son majors in music (piano) and he has 9 children that he teaches too, very talented and I hope that someday he can pass on encouragement as well. Love, Mom
Rhonda over 3 years ago from Georgia
As a pianist myself, his reminds me so much of the magnificent pianist who was my childhood inspiration. It also reminds me of attending a Kenny G concert with my then 8-year old son. We had stepped out to buy him a Kenny G t-shirt, which he put on right then. When we came back into the concert hall, it was totally dark. Kenny G emerged from the darkness standing right in front of my son, face-to-face, playing his saxophone. My son was mesmerized. Kenny G took notice of that and continued to play for 2 or 3 minutes. My son took up sax lessons, first using my father's tenor sax that he played in the Navy band in WWII, then learned to play the soprano sax Kenny G most frequently plays. It was a life-changing experience for him - one he will never forget!
Bravo for encouragement and inspiration! Keep up the great work!
Glenn S over 3 years ago from Montgomery, AL
A very heart warming video, I believe we should all encourage our children to be their best and to share that when ever and where ever possible.
Perhaps one day a child like this wonderful lad will lead us, one can only hope...
George Sinzer over 3 years ago from New York
My experience with a celebrity was less heart-warming.
For my 16th birthday, my twin brother, our older sister and her then-boyfriend were given front row seats at a Neal Diamond concert. Billed with Neal Diamond was Sandy Baron, a stand-up comedian.
While were were trying to get the seating arrangement straightened out, Sandy Baron deviated from his routine and tried to get all of us on stage. When we found our seats, I was the last one standing. Against my better judgment, I was talked into climbing on the stage where I discovered that Mr.Baron recruited stooges from the audience. It was a truly humiliating experience.
Fortunately, I didn't suffer permanent emotional trauma!
I eventually became a semi-professional musician... and left any prospects of stand-up comedy behind me.
Patrick J. McK. over 3 years ago from Formerly Lake View, NY
This hit close to home, considering my parents put me in piano lessons at the age of 5, after I sat down at my grandmother's piano and played Twinkle Twinkle by ear. :) I started writing music by age 10 and it's a passion I'm so glad they initially guided me towards. :)
Tana H over 3 years ago from Billings, MT
What a bright spot in my day was this message!! How could anyone see this and not feel not only encouraged, but just plain 10 lbs. lighter in the heart! Well done! or should I say "Bravisimo!!!"
Kathy R. over 3 years ago from Mooresville, N.C.
I just love the "Concert" - it reminds me so much of how our Nephew, who is attending the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY has taken time out of his hectic schedule to send words of "Encouragement" to our Grandson who is in 8th grand band. This is absolutely beautiful - thank you!!!!!
Sharon C over 3 years ago from Honeoye, NY
I've been in love with this spot since the first time I saw it. I, too, usually stop what I'm doing to watch it -- and shed a tear or two. Thank you!
Jane B over 3 years ago from Fort Worth TX
Donna W over 3 years ago from Jacksonville, FL
This is so moving, it almost made me cry.
amadna k over 3 years ago from ontario
My heart jumps with joy every time I watch this commercial on TV. It never fails to make me cry happy tears. Thank you for making such beautiful, encouraging videos.
Patricia D over 3 years ago from Birch Run, MI
I love this video! It touches my spirit and makes me smile.
Hannah D over 3 years ago from Pocahontas, Iowa
This video leaves me with such a light heart!! It fills me with joy and truly inspires me to encourage others. Thank you.
Justin. S almost 4 years ago from Steubenville Ohio
My English teacher told us this story. It also happened to his son. Your commercial had remarkable resemblance to it. Thank you for what you do!
Samantha W almost 4 years ago from San antonio
This spot (Concert) is my favorite so far. It brings tears to my eyes every time. The pianist is truly a Pro. Keep playing this one!!! I also like "You Can Let Go" and "You Raise Me Up."
Peggy H. about 4 years ago from Virginia
Innocence is something we should all keep close to our hearts, as it makes us so darn thankful for the melodies that you stir within our hearts. Blessings always.
Lady Samm about 4 years ago from Smithville Ontario
This is so cute. This would be the highlight of my week if I were there!
Julia L about 4 years ago from Vermont
To the owner of these wonderful TV spots....Thank you...this is something the world is lacking BIG TIME, today!! I am 75 and this is not the wonderful world that I lived in...BUT, you are showing the world what it can and should be!! Thank you.
Carol T about 4 years ago from Yucaipa, CA
Brilliant, beautiful and poignant.
Keep doing what you are doing. Geat Stuff !!
Robert W. about 4 years ago from Saddle River, NJ
These are some of the best commericials I have ever seen. The one on Encouragement is the greatest.
Steve H. over 4 years ago from Louisiana
They did a very good job at this.
Jason B. over 4 years ago from California
Music is part of the glue in my family. Encouragement is always a good choice! Love this.
Lisa G. over 4 years ago from Alaska
Wow. I think that one is the best of them all! I have done scary things like that but people get mad at me! However, that's a great message to send out and helps make everything better too!
Ashley W. over 4 years ago from California
This one always touches me. I am a 14 year old pianist and I always like to think about this particular situation and how it turns into such a heartwarming inspiration.
Dani over 4 years ago from Colorado
I am an 85 year old TV commercial fan of The Foundation for a Better Life. I am in the Dallas area and see the commercials on Fox Channel. I felt compelled to let you know how very much I enjoy and appreciate your commercials. They are so realistic, delightful, clean and entertaining. Thank you for making my TV viewing more enjoyable. The one I like most is young boy singing with the choir. They're all excellent!
Dorothy A. over 4 years ago from Garland, TX
"The Concert" ad is great. When I see it I tear up. Thanks.
Jack C. over 4 years ago from Marietta, GA
You sure do improve watching TV. Thanks
Pat W. over 4 years ago from Palmdale, Ca.
The Concert ad and the Cafeteria ad are my favorites! I try to never miss one. Thanks to Charles, from PA, for providing the original pianist's name as Paderewski. I have been trying to find out who he is but to no avail.
Betty W. over 4 years ago from Boneville, GA
I LOVE YOUR TV ADVERTISEMENTS but I especially like the Concert ad. I, too, stop what I am doing to watch this ad. If I had had that kind of encouragement as a child I most likely would be a better pianist today!!
Connie G. over 4 years ago from NC
Your "Concert" commercial
is absolutely wonderful.
When I hear it come on,
no matter what I'm doing,
I stop to watch. All of
your commercial are most
heartwarming, but this is
the best. Please show
it more often.
Vicki A. over 4 years ago from Cookeville, TN
Absolutely love this ad involving a little boy playing "Twinkle Twinkle Star" assisted by a concert pianist. Where can I purchase the duet for piano?
Patricia W. over 4 years ago from Clarkson, Nebraska
There are still ideas and images that bring tears of joy to weary eyes. Thank you!
Scott H. over 4 years ago from Escanaba, MI
I absolutely love the little boy playing twinkle twinkle little star. Besides just commenting that it's a true story, why not tell who the artist "was." I happen to know that it was Paderewski. From where I heard it years ago I don't know.
Charles W. over 4 years ago from Perkiomenville, PA
WI love all the PSAs I've seen on Fox News Channel, and I've gotten teary for most of them. They're very moving and I enjoy them so much
Kathe W. over 4 years ago from Richmond, VA
IT WAS VERY NICE! WAS THAT MAN THE CONDUCTOR OR SOMETHING? IT WAS VERY NICE! HE WAS REALLY GREAT!
MIKAELA A. over 4 years ago from SALEM, NH
May I use any of these in lessons - I teach for the LDS Church ed system? These are exceptionally well done! Thank you
Craig F over 4 years ago from Sandy, UT
Wonderful little micro-movie! What about the little boy whose story inspired this film? Is he one his way to becoming a concert pianist?
Lydia G over 4 years ago from Near Seattle
Beautiful-I have been seeing your PSA's for a while now and every single darn time I get goose bumps. Every single one is inspiring, motivating, beautifully done and I cherish the fact that I have shared their beauty with many folks. Thank you so much for all you have done. We are so truly blessed to have you in our world.
Susan A over 4 years ago from Nottingham, NH
I was truly blessed and actually encouraged by this video. We must look beyond the immediate and recognize that patience is a virtue!
Ralph R. over 4 years ago from Lennon, Michigan
I love this video. FANTASTIC website.
Rona T. over 4 years ago from NE, USA
I'm teary eyed. Please don't stop the good work you're doing. Its not very often we see people who look like us, who have the same fears as us, who wear the same fashions as us doing great things on TV or anywhere for that matter. The fact that I can see myself in that concert hall makes it more meaningful.
Ella B. over 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA
Each time I see the "Concert" I have to shed a few tears. What a blessing this has to be to all that hear it. Rev. Theo Elaine Sittser
Theo S. over 4 years ago from Clackamas, Oregon
I love it... Thank you.
Jimmy G. over 4 years ago from Calgary, Canada
This video is absolutely amazing!! Most of the time we need to be patient with our children and encouragement them in ours talents.
Fernando, Rocha over 4 years ago from São Paulo, Brazil
Absolutely wonderful! Something in Dad's face hints that he might have been in on this. What a loving back story that would be!
Reed W over 4 years ago from Canyon Lake, TX
This is your best, although every one of your spots is magnificent! Thank you!
Richard L. over 4 years ago from Livingston, AL
I read that the pianist was Ignace Paderewski, who later became Poland's prime minister.
Carol M. almost 5 years ago from Raytown, MO
really quite touching.
Kevin G almost 5 years ago from Seattle, WA
I'm 19-years-old. At my age, it's sometimes easy to forget the little things that can make all the difference in someone's life. Thank you for encouraging others to encourage. My goodness; well done.
Alyson S. almost 5 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii
Bravo! The Concert video hits home as to what arts education is all about. Thank you for making my day.
Alan W. almost 5 years ago from Dana Point, CA
This TV Spot is great, brought tears of joy to my eyes, I had to post it to my facebook
Mark, P almost 5 years ago from CO
"Concert" lifts my entire day every time I see it. Enormous compassion and quick thinking kindness gave this little fellow a huge lift for life. Wonderful warm lesson.
Jeff G. almost 5 years ago from Memphis, TN
I saw your Concert PSA on ProDIGIQ at Santa Barbara Airport and was touched by it. This is a well done message. Keep up the good work.
Jessica Gibson almost 5 years ago from Irvine, CA
Just fantastic! Big stage, vulnerability, and yet comes out triumphant! As a classical piano student with a dream to play on a stage such as that, this ad struck a note in my heart. I saw it on TV, my jaw dropped, followed by a HUGE smile. I just had to see this again. This is truly a powerful piece!
Shawn W. about 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, CO
The Video Reminds me of the SIMPLEST way to inspire people! ENCOURAGEMENT... The video is Simply Amazing!!!
Enerich A. about 5 years ago from Mindanao, Phils.
This spot is presented as a true story. I would love to know the name of the pianist who encouraged the boy so wonderfully.
James C. about 5 years ago from Birmingham, AL
That's my cousin...way to go Kurt!
Chris I. about 5 years ago from Florida USA
The TV Spots are just amazing, in an everyday busy routine these just say a hello and keep you inspired to the basic values.... well made.
Sandeep B. about 5 years ago from Geneva, Switzerland
WAY TOO COOL!
Chelle W. about 5 years ago from Reserve, New Mexico
I loved this! It's sooo cute.
Victoria T. about 5 years ago from Houston, TX
It is so beautiful. I love it.
Jihyun about 5 years ago from New York
LOVE this spot!
You are affecting people in such a positive way.
Pete M. about 5 years ago from Detroit, MI
So sweet.Very encouraging
Christopher B. about 5 years ago from Miami, Fl
I saw the ad on CNN this morning while exercising on the bike; I cried. I'm a teacher who considers encouragement to be probably the most effective teaching "tool." Wonderful ad!
Pat N. about 5 years ago from Barcelona, Spain
This commercial is a WOW! I wish there was an embed option so I could share it on my blog.
Alaniah W. about 5 years ago from Singapore
The Concert spot is both brilliant and beautiful.
Edwin Y. over 5 years ago from Israel
Just saw this for the first time & it made me cry. Best commercial by far.
Christina M. over 5 years ago from Illinois
I've always loved the Foundation ads. I catch them all the time on CNN. Glad to finally catch this page for linking to my blog.
The "encouragement" ad is now one of my faves. It being a true story gives me much hope for the people of this planet.
Good job guys! Keep it up!
Harry T. over 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines
Excellent, I like it too much!
Walid R. over 5 years ago from
Every time the commercial comes on, my husband I stop to watch. Please what is the name of the pianist?
Shelley B. over 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA
I clicked on concert (encouragement).
There is a boy who was playing the piano roughly at some audiences. Then suddenly a guy appeared and made fantastic performance with the boy.
That's really impressive!!
That touched my heart.
JooSung, H over 5 years ago from South Korea
GREAT, I must admit I felt a tear in my eyes. This is how children should be encouraged at this age. I just saw this great ad on CNN and I immediately surfed in here. Thanks.
Linda A. over 5 years ago from Warsaw
I wish everyone in the world could be blessed enough to see this spot or at least have a moment like that, even just once, in life. What a day brightener...every time I watch it! The message and every person in it- priceless.
Ria D. over 5 years ago from Davis, CA
These are great commercials.
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Oh wow! What a great role model! He handled that situation with such grace and light-heartedness. He is a hero to all.
Larry M. over 5 years ago from Edmonton, Canada
How do I find out where to get the songs used on these commercials?
Jeffrey G. over 5 years ago from Denver, CO
Superb storytelling and brilliant ad. Like all the others in the series it show life lived from spirit and not from ego. I love them all.
Debbie F. over 5 years ago from Vancouver, BC, Canada
This was an act of true kindness and love. It really warmed my heart, and almost brought me to tears. Great commercial!!
Denise D. over 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Wonderful,wonderful. Easily one of the best commercials EVER! THANK YOU!
Ramona N. over 5 years ago from Provo, Utah
If you watch enough TV you will see more than your share of dumb commercials. The concert spot, however, was brilliant and the best ever ad to promote Encouragement in everyone's life. Bless You and Thank You.
Dave L. over 5 years ago from Chicago, IL
I loved this commercial, and I would like to know more about the true story that inspired it. Who was the child? When did this happen? What happened after that? How has this experience changed the child's life?
Shelly O. over 5 years ago from Oregon
Love Kurt Bestor as a musician.
Even better as a person for doing this.
How much confidence do you think THAT did for this one kids life?
GREAT GREAT STUFF
Tim S. over 5 years ago from Marcellus, NY
Thank You!!! What a beautiful Message!!!! Thanks for sharing.....
Brian T. over 5 years ago from Portland, OR
Loved it! My grandson plays the piano and I think of him every time I see this. I passed it on to my daughter.
Carole W. over 5 years ago from Columbus, OH
I cry every time I see the Concert commercial. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Tim R. over 5 years ago from Aurora, CO, USA
I was deeply moved by this ad. After I watched it a few times :) I immediately looked up the web site to read more on this story, but I'm just happy I can at least post this comment to let you know it was truly inspiring and shall pass and share this message and link on to everyone. Thanks.
Larry D. over 5 years ago from Columbus, OH
I love this!!! I play the piano myself and I remember how excited I was when I learned how to play twinkle twinkle little star. The little boy is so cute and I think this is great!
Grace C. over 5 years ago from Dublin, Ohio
Awesome! What could have been a life long bad childhood memory, easily becomes a touching moment that will never be forgotten! Awesome and beautifully done. Your commercials are a breath of fresh air. thank you!
San over 5 years ago from Dover, DE
My husband was so excited about this commercial, it almost made him cry. We watched it together several times. Was the pianist the actual one it happened to?
C. A. over 5 years ago from Brooklyn, NY
I wish I had seen this ad sooner, but the bottom line, I guess, is that it's never too late. Thanks!
Kelii O. over 5 years ago from New York, New York
I loved the concert clip so much I watched it several times. It actually made me cry! I thought it was wonderful. I have to share this site with my class. Thank you!
Lesa A. over 5 years ago from Austin, Texas
How refreshing it is to see your TV spots. They are always uplifting and inspiring. Thank you!
Dan H. over 5 years ago from Arizona
I saw this early this morning and was thrilled to find your website. I watched all of the spots and was writing down my favorites to comment on when it dawned on me that they are all on my list. I have been enthused by all the ads and am going out to try to make a difference in someone's life no matter how small. Thank you for making my life.
Vern C. over 5 years ago from Murray, Utah
The little boy is so adorable. And, I love Kurt Bestor. This is my favorite commercial so far—and I have loved them all.
Beth J. over 5 years ago from Ohio
I'd sure like to know the story behind this commercial.
Wonderful! I love it.
Annie B. over 5 years ago from Logan, Utah
Wonderful, you have touched so many hearts. All of these spots have an impact on how I treat my employees, family, and people around me.
Tim A over 5 years ago from Gesa Credit Union, Richland Washington
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A lovely message. I love what your foundation is doing. Thank you!
Jennifer L. over 5 years ago from Bellevue, WA
Sweet, well done and truly encouraging!!
Anne R over 5 years ago from Susquehanna, PA
THANK YOU for encouraging us.
Sally Beth S. over 5 years ago from Asheville NC
What a poignant moment of delight! It warmed my heart! Pass it on...words of encouragement!
Janice B over 5 years ago from Indianapolis IN
Yvonne G over 5 years ago from Salina, Kansas
That was very sweet. If only people would put others first more often.
Annie B. over 5 years ago from Huron, SD
What a lovely "note" to begin this day. I can always count on your foundation to find the right stories to stir the music in all of us. Because you matter to so many.
Lady S over 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada
Great demonstration of encouragement. Thanks for sharing this video.
Cesar W over 5 years ago from Peru
Teach our children well, praise loudly, correct quietly, be gentle with young egos and let them grow strong.
DE over 5 years ago from West Palm Beach, Florida
THAT was a class act!
Carla S over 5 years ago from Missouri
I think it is brilliant.
Mike M over 5 years ago from Tacoma, Wa