#InFocus: Piano Placed in Camden Park Attracts Musicians with Different Purposes

There’s a sweet melody in the air in Camden, New Jersey. As FOX 29 photojournalist Bill Rohrer shows us a piano is bringing more than just music, it's bringing a sense of tranquility one player at a time.

The piano is part of Camden’s newly developed Roosevelt Park.  It's seen as a way to bring pleasure to city that may have fallen on hard times. Each day, people come to play out their kinks and to showcase their talent.

"I don’t think people realize that music can really bring the world together.  It can bring people together.  I always thought sound was a universal language," said Ryan Bowen.

It takes Ryan over an hour to get to the park. To him, it's well worth the trip.

The Roosevelt Park Piano is the only place Ryan has to play. It’s the only place he can forget about his past.

"I've been places you would never want to go man. I have been to some of the lowest places," Ryan explained. 

Ryan battles with substance abuse. He says playing the piano is helping the fight.

"I think music is a great therapy, I think it is a great way to help people. When no one else was there, music was," he told FOX 29.

It turns out, many come use the park’s piano. Reinaldo Suarez uses it to give lessons to anyone who has the time.

The city of Camden may have an ugly reputation, but its music is beautiful.

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