The Traveling Piano Success Fund!
I am a piano man with a piano dog named Mo! We have a piano on the back of a shiny red pickup truck and it is called the Traveling Piano. Mo hangs out with me on top of the piano. We enjoy the idea of strangers becoming less afraid of each other. This happens through music and the sharing of the Traveling Piano seat with everyone we meet. We have been sharing the music of life with a passion that endures! We do not look to find people, they find us. It can happen in the woods, on a busy street, at the beach or in a grocery store parking lot. Our connections are all synchronistic and spontaneous. Nothing is scheduled. We create one-on-one relationships with people everywhere. We have traveled to the North Pole, to the most eastern tip of Newfoundland and to the south of Mexico as well as to the Florida Keys.
No money is involved. We work without fees, tips or solicitation of any kind and have no commercial, organizational or political affiliation. I receive no government assistance. Our journey is now in its 12th year. It is called the Traveling Piano's "Flight of Peregrinating Musical Exploration!" I have worked full time with a piano on the back of the same pickup truck for over 30 years. The first twenty years was as a paid performer. Now, I do not perform or entertain. My music is shared freely. It is improvisational and from my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than showing everyone how to create music as I do. One single musical note can be enough to change a life forever. Along with my pup Mo, we have been able to touch the lives of over 50,000 individual people through personal one-on-one musical interactions.
The Traveling Piano has been in just about every environment imaginable and with people from all walks of life. We have been able to spend time to help keep spirit alive where tragic events have happened. As well as in conventional situations, the Traveling Piano has spent time in communities affected by both Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. We were in Joplin, Missouri after a tornado destroyed much of the city and in Sandy Hook, Connecticut 2012 as well as with the students of Virginia Tech after the mass shooting there. The visit to Virginia Tech was at the request of the student government. Most recently we spent time at the North Park elementary school in San Bernardino, CA after the school shooting there and on an ongoing basis, we lend support for those affected by the gun murdering in our new home base of Las Vegas, Nevada. We have spent time on skid row in Los Angeles as well as in San Diego and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the Traveling Piano. Most of our time these days are spent in the poverty stricken environments as well as out in nature. Every day since 2006 has been blogged with writing, pictures and music on the Traveling Piano website.
The Traveling Piano's journey is now in a fundraising mode in order to keep the work pure with no agenda other than love. We need help in order to continue. There are the usual ongoing living expenses along with truck and equipment repair. I personally have taken a vow of poverty concerning any and all work with the Traveling Piano. 90% of funding for the first ten years came out of pocket from the sale of my home and personal belongings. 100% of what people contribute goes directly to the work. Also, Mo and I have stayed with over a hundred and fifty different individuals and families throughout the northern hemisphere in their homes throughout the years. How often in life does a person meet a stranger willing to share their life with the pure desire to empower and inspire and no other agenda except for happiness. I love that, and piano dog Mo loves everything! We are out to create joy, to lift spirit with validation and reassurance through music. The world needs all of the Traveling Piano that we can deliver! Mo and I work to take care of each other, the world and humanity through “paying forward” the gratitude of what life is really about… Fun, Friendship and Respect!
We met Danny about 8 years ago when we opened our home to him for a visit. I have watched him invite hesitant strangers up on his truck and encourage them to create music. I have seen him urge them to press one piano key and then another. I have seen their faces light up at the sudden realization that they can create something themselves. Danny invites strangers to interact with one another. Instead of focusing on fear, he brings people together with his unconditional acceptance and has sought out the homeless and lifted up their day with this acceptance and music. He travels through all communities but especially seeks those who are hurting whether it be through natural disaster, human violence or poverty. These encounters touch the spirit. This is an extraordinary way to live each day.
Thank you Danny for the work you have been doing over the past few decades. You, your dog and piano have been in the right place at the right time to nourish people's hearts through music. You play, they play; we all play. The traveling piano goes to where hearts need a lift, whether it's the inner city, after a hurricane or to the devastation left by a tornado. Your consistency in your mission is something we all may aspire to copy. Be well. Give Mo a hug for me. Blessings to your mission.
My husband & I love to visit the Oregon coast. This trip was extra special because we got to experience an amazing duo, Danny Kean & Mo. Ocean view with live music and an amazing dog. Danny is an extraordinary pianist and his dog Mo tops it off! We had so much fun playing with the Traveling Piano. A memory we will never forget!
I have known Danny for a long time now, we are from the same hometown of Bensalem, PA, and he and his journey first came to my attention when I read an article about him in our local newspaper. He was selling his home and the contents of it in order to finance his dream of spreading joy, music, and friendship through his journey with his dog, Boner, and the Traveling Piano. Intrigued, I sent Danny a message and we met for coffee and he described his hopes and dreams for his journey. What I most admire about Danny is his steadfast determination to pursue his dreams and to make this world a better place through music, friendship, and love. I continue to read about his journey (with current dog, Mo, on top of the piano!!) through his blogs, which are highly entertaining reads and allow me to participate in his journey vicariously. I will never forget reading about his work in Joplin, MO, and in NYC and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, among other poignant and touching stories where he has reached out to others in times of dire need. As well, with the Traveling Piano he interacts on a daily basis with people from all walks of life and makes their days just a little bit brighter. His life work is to bring joy to others, and why not support this? I am all for supporting the dreams of someone who gives to others, who makes life better, and who really asks for nothing in return. Please support Danny and Mo (cutest dog ever) so that Danny can continue to spread his music, love, and joy to people of our world! ♥
The Piano Man brings so much joy to the world. With everything going wrong in America at the moment, he is a glimmer of hope. A star still shining in the pale moon light. And for that, I will continue to support this journey. Play on brother, let your sound echo through eternity :)
I met Danny and Mo a few years ago while he was traveling thru KY. He was kind enough to stop by my workplace and share his experiences with my coworkers. I love that I've been able to keep in touch with him and follow him around the country. He is a true humaritrian sharing fun and creating friendships.
I first met Danny in 2011 in Port Townsend, Washington where I saw a piano on a truck, a dog, and amazing music! Port Townsend is a very eclectic place and everyone came to see the Traveling Piano. The music was amazing, and people were brought together through the music, and fun that was generated. In this world music is a universal language and the concept of driving around the world with a piano on a truck is unique. It brings people together from all walks of life, and can help heal our planet and our differences. I have been supporting Danny's work with The Traveling Piano and would encourage others to do the same. Check out the fascinating website, with stories, music and inspiring videos of the Traveling Piano and Danny's journey. This is a gift that is being given but support is essential to allow the magic to continue. Anna Gardner