October 29, 2014 12:25 PM

“I’ll play you a tune I wrote. It’s called ‘The Beginning.'”

Ryan is the name of the homeless man seated at the piano, according to this video’s original uploader, Roslyn.

He’s been living on the streets of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, for around 30 years after growing up in a foster home. He’s never received any formal instruction on the instrument, but Ryan plays a brief, delicate piece for Roslyn while she tapes him.

Another resident who met Ryan says he’s “kept going by his music and faith in Jesus.” He can be found playing in Edmonton’s Churchill Square; you can find out more about the city’s outdoor piano project here.

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