Nick Harvey's father has been hospitalized, so he had not been to his son's house in East Sussex, England, all year.
But on Sunday, Harvey invited his father for lunch. When he arrived, Paul Harvey, 79, went straight for the piano.
"It's like a magnet to him – he's MADE of music," Nick Harvey said in a written interview with The Washington Post. his son's piano, Paul Harvey, a former composer and concert pianist, played a classic piece first. Nick Harvey, who is also a composer and writer of music for British television shows, said: "I did not know how many more chances I would get to capture him playing like that.
Then Nick Harvey asked his father to play "Where's the Sunshine," and piece Paul Harvey composed in the 1980s as a music director of a British secondary school. Nick Harvey said that, like many other songs his father wrote for school productions, it could have been "good enough for the West End stage."
Nick Harvey was not sure his father would remember this one. It's clear in the video Paul Harvey was not sure about that, either.
In the video, he hesitates as he begins, then confidently and fluidly plays the composition he wrote decades ago. His son posted it on Twitter. Within a day, it had been viewed over 2 million times. Tens of thousands of people reacted with awe and admiration. Celebrities including James Corden and British singer Emeli Sande retweeted it
Nick Harvey included this note with the video:
"Dad has dementia. Sometimes he drifts into another world and I feel like I'm losing him. He is never more present, however, when he plays the piano. He came to me today and I asked him to play one of his compositions. He thought he would not be able to remember it. "
Some of the people who reacted to the video wrote that they remembered Paul Harvey and his compositions.
"What a totally beautiful piece of music, made even more poignant by the sight of the 'like' counter rolling as I listened, testifying to hundreds of others feeling as I did, "wrote one woman on Twitter
" Oh, doll. That's so very lovely. Bless your dad. The next few years will be so hard but hopefully he will have moments like this to remind you all that he's still here.
Nick Harvey said he's "absolutely over the moon" for his father's sudden celebrity.
He extended his thanks to his father to his new fans and said his father is his "musical idol."
"He deserves wider recognition," Nick Harvey said. "He has more talent in his little finger than most people have in their whole body."
He also found the original sheet music