PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- It is one thing to be a legend, it is another to keep at it well into your 80's.

At 85, Charles Lewis has been playing piano longer than most people have been alive.

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He started playing when he was around 7 years of age in church.

“I still at that age wanted to play hide and seek and all the other street games in Philadelphia like handball,” Lewis said sitting at a piano at Avanti Restaurant in Phoenix ready to play on a Friday night.

His grandmother thought piano would be a better use of his hands though.

Charles moved to Arizona in the 50s. He went to Arizona State and started a piano career playing in various clubs around town.

“I still wonder sometimes, is this still what I should be doing,” Lewis joked.

He has played for celebrities, politicians, countless children and everyday jazz fans around the Valley.

He said music, and playing in front of live audiences, is what helps to keep him young.

“Where as you are trying to be creative you are dealing with much finer energies, and they impact the spirit,” he said.

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Lewis was the first person to be inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame.

When you ask him about retiring, Lewis paused, laughed and said he would have to look that word up in the dictionary.

“I'll just continue living,” he said. “I can’t imagine imagine living without being involved in music. As long as these guys keep being able to open and close i’ll probably be playing.”

An Arizona native, born and raised in Mesa, and graduate of Arizona State University, meteorologist Ian Schwartz brings you the forecast weekday mornings on CBS 5 This Morning.

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Music can be great for the soul, the mind, and for our health. Classical music can be healing to certain aspects of a person and their life that has been damaged by life's experiences and perils. I am 100% GO d.amn near all the time and this has done very well for me in life. But, it is so nice, healing, and refreshing to every once in awhile "disconnect" from it all, including the cell phone and just go some where quiet and still and enjoy some classical music playing throughout the place you're,, cabin, or whatever. Especially after a particularly stressful and damaging episode in life's adventures. You come back feeling invigorated and dam.n near invincible.



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