What can I say about the great Oliver Jones that hasn't already been said. The truth is, not much - but this is because anyone who has heard him play has said what a gift he has given us with his music, and everyone who knows him personally has shared how much they love him. That being said, I am going to share why I love him anyway.
We all know that Oliver Jones is one of the greatest legends the music world has ever seen. He makes the piano sound more beautiful than can be imagined. What some people don't realize is that when you are watching him on stage, of course you are watching one of the greats interpret a melody like no one else can, but you are also watching the young kid who loves his instrument just have the time of his life up on stage.
I can remember getting more excited than usual whenever we would go to Montréal because I knew it meant that I'd get to see Uncle Ollie. Actually, I remember one specific time when I was very young where I was told we were going and I instantly got excited because I thought it meant a visit. But he was on tour in Europe at the time and I turned on my parents so quickly they didn't even recognize me. I adore him.
Ollie is someone that you always want to share your good news with. When he is speaking with you, he is genuinely interested in what you are saying. A word that best describes him would absolutely be "nurturer". Whenever someone is introduced to him they feel a sense of comfort. Very few people can make someone feel that comfortable in an instant. He takes you under his wing and it is as if you have known each other your whole life.
There is so much that I want to say about Ollie but all I can manage to say right now is thank you. Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for being willing to dedicate your life to enriching the lives of those around you. Thank you for giving me a spot in your heart. Thank you for your music. Thank you for being you. 80 years of Oliver Jones means 80 years that the world has been smiling. Happy Birthday dear Uncle Ollie. May your birthday bring you all the happiness you have given us and more. I love you.