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Kent County Man Inspires with His Piano Playing

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Beautiful music can be inspiring and uplifting no matter who is playing it. And that's even more true when Randy Chang sits down at the piano.

There's an intensity in his eyes and a smile on his mouth as randy change plays "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Randy's favorite composer, Johann Sebastian Bach on Tuesday morning at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.

Hearing him play, you'd never know the 31-year-old has down syndrome.

"It makes me happy," he said. "Music helps other people be happy."

His mother, Bethel, who sometimes plays with him, says he started playing about 20 years ago when his musician older brothers left for college.

"Suddenly, the house became very quiet. One night Randy said, 'I want to learn piano - just like Isaac, my second brother.'"

"When I first started playing piano, it was very difficult," Randy said. "My hand-eye coordination did not go well."

"We just do it little by little every day, just press on for 20 minutes," said Bethel.

Some pieces take a lot of work. A Chopin piece, in particular, took him a year to learn.

"Chopin had a very big hand, and he jumped around on the piano," Bethel said. "That is difficult for Randy."

When he finally gets it, son and mother both feel a sense of accomplishment. And for Bethel, that feeling also comes with a lesson about the possible.

"Do not presume. Do not limit somebody," she said. "When you have a presumption, you presume people cannot do. Then, you limit them. I think that's a lesson I learned."

It's a lesson learned one song at a time.

Click here to learn more about Randy and hear him play.

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