Serving 26 years in jail for a crime you didn't commit would probably leave most people angry and resentful. But not Johnnie Lindsey. Once wrongly-convicted of rape, he's now a free man focused on fulfilling his dream.
"I have always had a desire to play the piano," Lindsey said. "That was something magical about it for me."
He discovered that magic while in state prison. Every Saturday afternoon, the inmates would gather to sing along with the prison band and its piano player.
"It was our escape. I mean, man, we would get in there, and we'd forget we're in the penitentiary," Lindsey remembers.
When Lindsey was exonerated in 2008, he used part of his multi-million dollar settlement to buy himself a baby grand piano and lessons (on Saturday afternoons, of course) from music teacher, Deborah Beach. Watch the video above to see the satisfaction on Lindsey's face as he tickles the ivories in his own living room.
But the convict turned piano man didn't stop there. Lindsey was so grateful to Beach for helping him achieve the dream he once thought impossible – he bought her four new keyboards so she could open up her own music school.
"That's me. When they see those pianos, that's me. They're looking at me. Making music," Lindsey said. "And I feel good about it."