Grammy Winner PJ Morton Breaks Down Piano Scenes From Movies | GQ

  • Raul Estovez
    Raul Estovez

    No Amadeus?

  • Holly's House
    Holly's House

    I'm a pianist and I was JUST wishing for this!

  • LittleCoffeeFox

    This was fascinating! I'd love to see you analyze La La Land and the Legend of 1900 in another video. There are so many different movies that feature pianists and piano playing, you could definitely do another video packed with more movies.

  • gxbrxxl'

    he needs to break down that Freddie Mercury upside down scene on Bohemian Rhapsody

  • Gonzalo Giler
    Gonzalo Giler

    How are they not gonna include La La Land??

  • Jay J.
    Jay J.

    This was amazing! I will say that piano duets are more fun than they look -- having that other person and their energy and emotion adding onto yours is a great feeling to have.

  • bat speling
    bat speling

    Real shame "Shine" isn't on the list :/

  • JacquelineCRIA

    I would have loved to see the reaction to the Green Book diner scene im surprised it wasn't included

  • Josh Rosello
    Josh Rosello

    How do you not do Bohemian Rhapsody?!

  • Mark Teague
    Mark Teague

    Such a 🐐

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  • JopezStags

    Why no Legend of 1900?

  • Matt A
    Matt A

    St Aug ~ Go Purple Knights!

  • Rose Kush
    Rose Kush

    the minor major thing breakdown in the end was gold

  • Nastier Nate
    Nastier Nate

    I love when piano players get in the zone while trying to explain something and lose all ability to speak in complete sentences. They still somehow manage to convey their meaning perfectly.

  • Jordan The Pug
    Jordan The Pug

    Yo PJ Morton, take me as a student 👩‍🎓😂

  • sophie !
    sophie !

    as a former ballet dancer, having musicians who adjust to what's happening onstage is one of the best feelings. when a musician and you are coordinated in your timing, emotion, acting, etc it feels like everything is in place and you're free to put on the best performance possible. there's nothing like the feeling of a musician and a dancer being totally on the same page

    • Lee A. Scott, II
      Lee A. Scott, II

      Most definitely. I feel that same way about singing with a intentional musician

  • Jennifer Virzera
    Jennifer Virzera

    Wish there were scenes of woman (besides the corpse’s bride) playing the piano in this video..but this is a GQ video so…not going to get too uppity about it.

  • Aamir Khan
    Aamir Khan

    The Pianist is SLEPT ON! I wonder if PJ can pay Chopin’s Ballade no. 1 👀👀👀

  • John Paul Laxa
    John Paul Laxa

    Being in the zone is unexplainable.... Then continue to explain

  • Yeaboi30 Ill
    Yeaboi30 Ill

    Bohemian rhapsody should have been on here

    • Jennifer Virzera
      Jennifer Virzera

      Freddy Mercury was a great pianist

  • Matei

    No jerry lee😢😢😢

  • Bill Weaver
    Bill Weaver

    Sure, but where can I buy his glasses?

  • Glenn B
    Glenn B

    Should have broke down Alfred Molinas piano scene in Love is Strange.

  • Evan Melchior
    Evan Melchior

    Yeah!! It's great to see PJ in the spotlight talking about this stuff! Bless him man

  • isaiah thomas
    isaiah thomas

    Jamie Foxx and John Baptiste were in soul

  • TedOfNod

    What, no "Legend of 1900"?

  • Michelle

    I could listen to PJ talk and play all day! Nice choice GQ!!

  • ALF8892

    This is one of my favorite series on FIshows and I'm a piano player ❤️

  • Openingband

    I was hoping for Cloud Atlas

  • Bryan Robinson
    Bryan Robinson

    Where’s The Legend of 1900??? 😅 #nexttime

  • CamoFFA

    i was hoping La La Land would be in this but i guess not 😢

  • Samuel Taylor
    Samuel Taylor

    Should of done Ryan gosling in la la land.

  • H.K

    SO to pj one time

  • Jessica Williams
    Jessica Williams

    I see PJ, I click!! 💜💜

    • Faith L
      Faith L


  • Zach Ruck
    Zach Ruck

    No Jerry lee Lewis :(

  • Sara Sitara
    Sara Sitara

    Great character of this guy, I hope he gets a few more episodes!

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    Dr. Drake Ramoray

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  • Dr. Drake Ramoray
    Dr. Drake Ramoray

    There's a great anime called Sakamichi no Apollon. I wish he could review its finale scene too. One of the best things I've seen.

  • Zac _
    Zac _

    PJ needs to take the reigns for a Maroon 5 album. Him and the other members are way to talented to do what ever Adam is doing.

    • privatezeron

      As big of a Maroon 5 I am, they really do need to utilize their members' skills more cause they are so much more talented than just the radio pop music they produce lately.

  • Ocrilat

    On Elton John...he rarely spent more than 15 minutes putting a lyric to music. And not only recorded singing and piano together, but the whole band did this as well, going into the studio right after hearing Elton play the song on piano, coming up with their own parts, and just playing the new song. The song 'Daniel' that you hear on the album was the first 'take' of the song. The entire double-album 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' (18 songs plus other original songs that weren't included on the record) was written and recoded in 2 weeks. Elton's then contract specified 2 full albums and three world tours a year.

    • Ocrilat

      @Lasse H. Gundesen You're not wrong...that is a lot of pressure. He is pretty open about the drug abuse, and he maintains that he didn't start using until AFTER he got big. So during his creative period (1970-1975) he was not using. After Captain Fantastic, he fired his longtime rhythm section (Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson), in my opinion soul of the 'Elton Sound'. That was probably the beginning of the downward slide, and was probably a good sign that the drug abuse had begun. He was also naturally shy ('Elton' and 'Reg' are more or less different people). The drugs gave him the 'confidence' to be outgoing while not on stage. Also almost killed him.

    • Lasse H. Gundesen
      Lasse H. Gundesen

      Kinda understandable that he turned to alcohol and drugs.

  • Rob Smith
    Rob Smith

    How they not do Green Book smh

  • MrAveryBrown

    This entire episode, is amazing! One of my favorite pianists/singers- PJ Morton! Salute. 💪🏿🎹

  • brik liam
    brik liam


  • AND ME
    AND ME

    In the Ray clip he does play in the key of G… the first note he plays is a D but he’s in G Major. Also, it might be easier to describe the treble as having the higher pitch (played with the right hand on a piano) and therefore is usually used to played the melody and the base (or left hand) is used to play chord progression and the harmony. One major reason for this configuration is because sounds waves at higher frequencies (treble) will dissipate much faster than lower frequencies (usually anything below g3/base). Melodic notes change quickly in a music piece so composers prefer to have the right hand, or treble hand, play these notes so you can distinguish the changes in pitch more clearly.

    • John Omodi
      John Omodi

      it was E flat lmao you trippin

  • Satyabrata Mishra
    Satyabrata Mishra

    its elton john man. hes just everything for me

  • Toni's 60th
    Toni's 60th

    michael douglas had a hand double

  • John Simms
    John Simms

    Where is bohemian rhapsody?

  • cnoel

    He's a pastors kid? So am i lol i didnt know that

  • keyman 66
    keyman 66

    Tim Burton=minor

  • Isaura K
    Isaura K

    This was great!

  • Hometown Girl n' Curls
    Hometown Girl n' Curls

    I hit like before the video started.

  • LyQu0r

    This deserves much more views

  • Alejandro Sanchez
    Alejandro Sanchez

    It’s like when Michael Jackson and slash were together. Slash was in the zone and refused to be stopped

    • Ruba Rihi Huki
      Ruba Rihi Huki

      Wow, it isn't scripted? I thought it is scripted..

  • Claude Mann
    Claude Mann


  • knoxtheox

    my favorite piece ballade no.1 by chopin in The Pianist clip

    • Aryaman - Anime on Piano
      Aryaman - Anime on Piano

      It's an AWESOME piece. I also love his 4th Ballade.

  • Juan Córdoba
    Juan Córdoba

    No Great balls of fire! Jerry L Lewis? Great movie, ever! Wth?

  • slimsauu

    yessss PJ

  • Caroline Hafner
    Caroline Hafner

    Loved this so much, need more!!

  • Franzz K
    Franzz K

    “Some black guy we’re putting forward as an expert makes comments on some pop culture crap.”

    • noirprncess

      You mean, he's well known for being a member of Maroon5 as well as Grammy winner for his solo albums within the last several years, not just some random musician.

    • DJ-GL

      I mean he's not herbie Hancock but he's a Grammy winning professional pianist

  • Anton Slizzardhands
    Anton Slizzardhands

    I would have liked this video if he played the piano more. What was the point of putting it in front of him if he barely used it?

    • FramesPerSecond

      Mise en scene

  • irfan ahmad
    irfan ahmad

    Do a audio engineer breakdown

  • Darryl Thomas
    Darryl Thomas


  • Pedro Croes
    Pedro Croes

    Mess Around isn’t stride piano. It’s simple boogie-woogie

  • Eli Westmoreland
    Eli Westmoreland

    The fact that Ryan Gosling in La La Land wasn’t here is sinful

    • DJ-GL

      There was another video with Robert Glasper similar to this. He wasn't fond of it.

  • rome8180

    In that Ray clip, I wonder why they didn't just say the actual key? Such a dumb and unnecessary error. I'm sure they had a music consultant on set, and I'm sure he caught that. Would the line of dialogue really have sounded worse if he said "in the key of E flat" or whatever?

    • Les Launer
      Les Launer

      @Liam De Paux It does if you're a piano player.

    • Liam De Paux
      Liam De Paux

      @Les Launer that's interesting, and probably true, but in context of the scene makes no sense

    • Some Brave Apollo
      Some Brave Apollo

      I don't really know if doing boogie woogie piano requires that arbitrary of musical training. You think that Jelly Roll Morton, one of my favorite pianists periodt, was privileged to that level of education at the turn of the century in the Jim Crow South?

    • Les Launer
      Les Launer

      @Tony Lancer IS in G...but the intro starts out in D...

    • Tony Lancer
      Tony Lancer

      I think maybe the directors focused on the movie being historically accurate, probably to a lesser extent musically accurate (per the script). Who knows? Maybe he did play in G but they changed it in post.

  • Mr. Fish
    Mr. Fish

    Michael Douglas' head was digitally composited onto the body of Philip Fortenberry for the piano playing performances.

    • Holly's House
      Holly's House

      Thank youuu

    • Matt Jamison
      Matt Jamison

      Thank you.

  • David

    Would love to see him talk about Chico and Harpo Marx doing a piano routine.

    • Jennifer Virzera
      Jennifer Virzera

      Victor Borge- but I don’t think we was in any actual movies…

    • David McKibben
      David McKibben

      Nah les Dawson mate

  • Steven Arthur
    Steven Arthur

    PJ Morton deserves atleast 5 spots in the top 100 24/7 forever & ever amen. What a talent and appears to be a class act.

    • Daisha G
      Daisha G

      check out his live albums, he’s insane!!

  • Brian Messemer
    Brian Messemer

    PJ is one of the most brilliant musicians alive today 💙

  • Ronald Lee
    Ronald Lee

    Mighty Quinn and Unleashed aka Danny The Dog??

  • J. Moir
    J. Moir

    And now, off to watch Ray for the 200th time.

  • Brent Murray
    Brent Murray

    Gotta get a guitarist next

  • Jnvn

    Feels like a lot of his insight was cut for the sake of brevity.

  • Adrian Duran
    Adrian Duran

    D Minor is the saddest of all keys

    • Similee

      currently been writing in d minor lately

  • Kaylee Logan
    Kaylee Logan

    This was super interesting! I love these videos

  • Les Launer
    Les Launer

    He's not kidding about the difficulty of "God only Knows." I've been a professional piano player for over 40 years and play 100% by ear. I'm to the skill level where I can usually take a new song and learn it perfect on the first attempt after hearing it 3 or 4 times. This song forced me to practice it for 2 straight days before I could figure out what it was doing in the chord changes. Much respect to Brian Wilson and Tony Asher.

    • Les Launer
      Les Launer

      @Patrick Henry I did see that one. Fortunately, in my career, nobody has ever requested it LOL!

    • Patrick Henry
      Patrick Henry

      You should look up Rick Beato's FIshows explanation of the most complex #1 pop sing ever. It is "Never gonna Let You go" recorded by Sergio Mendez, written by Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. Literally over 100 chord changes and much of it non-standard. His description of he and his band mates butchering this song live is priceless.

    • Josh Troh
      Josh Troh

      what was your regimen in learning piano to get to that level

    • Brian Messemer
      Brian Messemer

      That's right. Brian's a real musician's musician. As is PJ, if I may say so 👍

  • Supernovah ' M
    Supernovah ' M

    You're on a keyboard or piano, you should be behind a curtain. It's not about what you look like, it's about the sound you produce. I've always hated people who move when they play and it's always so learnt. Don't look at me when I play.

  • B Mac
    B Mac

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    • Sean Gibbons
      Sean Gibbons

      @B Mac so Stans monster in South Park won't count?

  • Emmanuel Catanzariti
    Emmanuel Catanzariti

    This was great! I’d love to see more musicians on here as well

  • lil dank
    lil dank

    This is what I need

  • Kanyin’s Tv
    Kanyin’s Tv

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  • Kathy Jean
    Kathy Jean

    Thank you, this is great.

  • Fly X
    Fly X

    It would be interesting to let a classical pianist do this

  • Nolan Hewitt
    Nolan Hewitt

    a wash out artist discussing music scenes that are way better then any songs that are better then his entire library

    • MansaCampbellMusic

      I would love to hear you play

    • DJ-GL

      @Nolan Hewitt it's not the trophy that matters. Respect does. He respects these artists while you show no respect for this man and significantly more achievement that he has made in his craft than you.

    • rome8180

      @Nolan Hewitt if the trophy was bigger would it be more impressive to you?

    • Nolan Hewitt
      Nolan Hewitt

      @DJ-GL and why should some fist sized trophy matter to anyone?

    • DJ-GL

      Excuse me sir. You're doing a whole lot of hating for someone without a Grammy

  • Meolafon

    PJ does not recognize Chopin's 1st Ballad :) (Not that he has to)

  • Juan Solorzano
    Juan Solorzano

    No la la land on this list ?

  • Charyse

    Love PJ, happy to see him on here ❤️

  • Aniyah Dukes
    Aniyah Dukes

    PJ Morton is such an amazing talent and one of my favorite musicians to listen to! Go listen to his solo albums 🤎

  • mamatony

    this guy is much too talented for maroon 5

    • Mathis

      @J ಠ_ಠ « most talented » would be quite an ignorant thing to say regarding the bands we have nowadays. There are way more talented musicians out there

    • ayeyobossman

      @J ಠ_ಠ incorrect

    • J ಠ_ಠ
      J ಠ_ಠ

      @nathan nagoor they do, but they don’t compare to M5

    • E E
      E E

      that’s why his solo music is 1000x better than maroon 5’s music

    • nathan nagoor
      nathan nagoor

      @J ಠ_ಠ I guess Onerepublic dont exist then

  • mamatony

    theres a black dude in maroon 5?????

  • Los Del Bufalo
    Los Del Bufalo

    cool video, please do a video breaking down guitar solos in movies

  • hs

    Yay nice to see PJ and his expert review on these clips! Underrated

  • marlin thrower
    marlin thrower

    Good video

  • roof pizza
    roof pizza

    I'm ashamed that I even know who Maroon 5 is.

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    Sam Owen

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