Peter the Elephant Plays the Blues. {Video}

Via Laura Kutney
on Dec 1, 2013
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The old saying goes that “music can calm a savage beast.”

Now I wouldn’t want to call an elephant a savage beast (or any other animal for that matter). But, it’s all good, as most people have the quote all wrong.

It is actually a quote about the power that music can have on the heart and soul. The original quote says,

“Music has charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.”

~ William Congreve

But how about the effect of music on animals? More specifically on elephants? Music not only soothes, but excites and makes one want to dance and join in!

Is it possible that elephants feel the same way that people do?

I have to share with you one of the most heartwarming and moving videos that I have come across in a long time. This one concerns an elephant named Peter somewhere in Thailand who loves the blues. I will say no more, as Peter will show you all how he feels about music himself:


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About Laura Kutney

Laura Kutney was born, raised and still lives in California. Although she studied chemical engineering in college, Laura’s love affair with philosophy and writing started before she can remember. If one could peek inside of her heart, they would find a whirlwind of thoughts and feelings swirling around a collection of words, books, art, music, photos, and most importantly, her closest friends and family and treasured places. Laura often looses herself in thought. This, combined with the fact that life is ever-changing, leaves her with plenty to write about. She can be found here at elephant journal, on her blog (Mosaic Commons) and on Facebook. And also on View Laura Kutney's LinkedIn profile View Laura Kutney's profile


4 Responses to “Peter the Elephant Plays the Blues. {Video}”

  1. Linda V. Lewis says:

    Wonderful! One elephant accompanies the blues player with splashes of abandon while the other wiggles to the beat!

  2. laurakutney says:

    Thanks you for your comment! I too started head-bobbing to the beat and shaking my tail feathers while I watched.

    Elephants are much more like us than I knew and there is such joy in this piece!

  3. Kristine says:

    Put a smile on my face

  4. laurakutney says:

    Me too! xo, Laura