Yesterday when we were at the Hyatt and Howard was playing Happy Hour, the Miami Dolphins arrived. The are playing the Bills today.
We both got excited when we learned the Dolphins were staying at the Hyatt because they are the Bills' arch-rivals. It is like the Capulets and the Montagues. It goes back countless years.
When the Dolphins arrived Howard serenaded them from the piano.
"Welcome to Buffalo," he sang. "🎵Welcome to Buffalo
Just in time, its gonna snow,
You're gonna be stuck here for weeks in the snow
and we love it🎵"
Those musical notes came from the Twitter post by @Oreo Speedwagon who edited and posted a video shot by our friend Ryan. It was Oreo who really got the ball rolling on this.
Last night at the Hyatt I tried taking a video however for whatever reason it did not come out. I think it was because I was too busy laughing! Just the sight of the Dolphins coming in, riding up the escalator, and being serenaded like this, it was just too much.
Howard has gone viral. Something like 30,000 people have watched this video on Twitter. Many more have seen it on Facebook. A group called Niagara Action was the first to put it on Facebook, I do believe.
This story appeared on a variety of sports sites. I love the headline: "Piano Player Trolls Dolphins in Hotel in Buffalo, N.Y."
I love, love this little video. It is not just Howard and his song. It is how beautiful the hotel looks. The lights! The escalators! It is like something out of a Christmas movie. The Hyatt is a beautiful place. And yesterday before Howard's happy hour began, all afternoon the hotel was playing Christmas music from the 1940s through the 1960s. Love to the Hyatt! That was wonderful.
Here is something else that I adore. In all the coverage, it is baked into the cake that hotels have pianists. When was the last time you heard the phrase "hotel piano player"? And yet here one is, in Buffalo.
Yes, in Buffalo we have hotel pianists.
The rest of the world should, too!