Louisville community rallies behind local musician whose violin was stolen
Micah Chandler has been playing the violin for 25 years.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Chances are you've probably seen Micah Chandler playing his violin around town. With a smile on his face he’s always looking to meet new people through his music.
He calls it the rhythm of his life.
“It's my soul,” Chandler said.
Playing the violin is at the very core of who he is.
“God gave me this gift, talent. That's what God gave me,” he said.
But the instrument that made Chandler the face around town was stolen Friday night in downtown Louisville.
“I was just eating and it’s just gone, just disappeared. That's all that I can say,” he told WDRB News.
So Chandler took to Facebook to ask for suggestions on an affordable replacement. The response was astounding with nearly 300 shares and hundreds of comments from people wanting to help.
That’s where the music store Doo Wop Shop comes into play.
“We had been contacted by an overwhelming amount of people that wanted to help and support him,” said store manager John Metcalf.
That’s where Chandler had been going the last 15 out of the 25 years he's been playing the violin.
The store surprised him Saturday morning with a brand new violin.
“That's not the store's violin. That's yours,” Metcalf told him.
The known chatterbox was speechless for a few minutes as he gave Metcalf a hug.
“Everybody loves ya,” Metcalf told him.
“Ya know what. I thank God. I wouldn't be here if I didn't have so much support,” Chandler said.
The 47-year-old musician has cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities, but says a higher power has a plan for his life.
“A lot of things God gave me were in store for me in my life and everything,” he said.
Aside from playing the violin, Chandler has raised thousands of dollars for local organizations over the years. So when he needed help with his violin, he wasn’t surprised with the way things turned out.
“God returned the favor,” he said.
So from the bad comes the good with the power of community kindness triumphing over evil.
“I'm going to still be me. I'm going to stay humble and still be me because regardless of what happened in my life I got the joy of the Lord. The joy of the Lord is my strength,” Chandler said.
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