An everyday performance turned into an extraordinary moment for street musician Tyler Gregory.
The guitarist was belting out a tune when he captured the attention of a young blind boy named Jacob. The 8-year-old boy, who also has autism, slowly approached Gregory and put his hand on his guitar.
Slowly, Jacob began bobbing his head as Gregory continued with the song, seemingly unphased by the boy's strong attraction to the beat.
But as Gregory later wrote on his website, the experience on that sidewalk in downtown Lawrence, Kan., was powerful enough to bring him to tears.
Unlike most kids that come up to me with curiosity, I felt so much energy coming off of him and I was completely overwhelmed. His hand on my leg was very powerful and about brought me to tears while playing. Not because he is blind or autistic.. but because of a connection I have never felt and one that is impossible to explain.
Jacob's parents posted the video to YouTube on May 13, where it has since received more than 219,000 views.
Touched by Gregory's tenderness toward their son, the family's message to the musician is simple: "Thank you so much for letting Jacob feel the music!"