Playing for Change is a global project which promotes peace and cooperation through the common experience of music. I first blogged about the group here , in April, after a co-worker sent me a link in an email.
Playing for Change's first music video was for the old Ben E. King standard, 'Stand by Me.' Using street musicians (hence the name: Playing for Change), from all over the world, they created an astoundingly poignant and uplifting music video with an imporatnt point to make.
If you're a regular reader, you know my mood of late has been less than ecstatic. In an effort to combat my blue mood, I've deliberately been looking for things I found uplifting in the past, hoping I will find them so again. When I went back to watch the amazing "Stand by Me" video, I found several others on YouTube which were eqaully impressive.
I beleive in what Playing for Change is trying to do. I've always said that Art can change the world. Music is something that is part of all cultures. The instruments, styles and sounds may vary, but the notes are always the same. Scientists claim that Mathematics is the Universal Science. I think Music must be the Universal Art. I am embedding the Playing for Change Song Around the World 'Stand by Me' video again, along with a few others you might enjoy.
I urge you to check out their site and learn more about what they do.
And the one that started it all: